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Alleged robber helps police solve crime, turned himself in

Becky Campbell • May 6, 2019 at 11:22 PM

A Johnson City man arrested Sunday in the stabbing and robbery of his neighbor in March called the police department to tell investigators he committed the crime, according to a court document.

Terry Lee Pritchard, 61, 2533 Louise St., was charged with especially aggravated robbery after he called police and said he wanted to confess to a crime he had committed. After being read his Miranda rights, Pritchard told investigators details about the March 11 stabbing and robbery that had not been released to the public.

On March 11, police had responded to 2529 Louise St., after a woman saw a man leaving the backyard of Charles McMackin, the 85-year-old man who lived there around 5:30 p.m. She told police the man had been carrying a black trash bag. When police entered the house, they found McMackin lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds to his legs and was also bleeding from his head and face.

According to the court record, McMackin’s home had been ransacked and two items were missing — a .22 long barrel revolver and McMackin’s wallet. The wallet was later found a few blocks away, but the cash had been taken.

When police interviewed Pritchard, he said McMackin allowed him into the house before the assault happened. He also gave details about the crime that had not been released, including the wallet being discarded after he took the money and carrying the black trash bag.

Pritchard was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. He was arraigned on the charge in Washington County Sessions Court and has a preliminary hearing May 8.

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