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Elizabethton man named Tupac Shakur facing probation violation

John Thompson • Oct 22, 2019 at 9:01 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who has taken on the name of a celebrity is once again in trouble with the Criminal Court in Carter County.

That court issued an arrest warrant on Oct. 2 for Tupac Shakur, formerly known as Timothy Oliver, on a charge of violation of probation. Shakur has been on probation since he was convicted on Sept. 10, 2018, on a charge of submitting a false police report. It was his second charge of probation violation. His probation was revoked and reinstated on March 18, 2019. The probation was for six years.

The charge stems from an alleged violation of probation rule 8, not to use narcotics. Shakur, 576 Broad St., tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine during a routine drug screen during a regularly scheduled appointment with his probation officer, according to police. He signed a document stating he used methamphetamine on Sept. 14.

A Carter County court official said Shakur is currently a defendant in Washington County and will be served with the Carter County charge once the Washington County case is completed.

As Johnson City police attempted to arrest Shakur for the warrants from Carter County on Saturday, he pulled a knife and turned toward officers, police said a news release. The 40-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple possession of methamphetamine and having unlawful drug paraphernalia. Police said Shakur had a syringe and multiple baggies of methamphetamine.

In his Washington County Sessions Court appearance on Monday, Shakur was appointed a public defender. His arraignment was reset for Oct. 30. He remained in the Washington Detention Center under $18,000 bond.

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