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Elizabethton man charged with aggravated burglary

Staff reports • Oct 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

An Elizabethton man was charged with aggravated burglary for allegedly entering a Johnson City home and assaulting a man.

Johnson City police said they found Garrett R. “Priest” Johnson, 23, 610 Parkway Blvd., Elizabethton, hiding inside the house at 114 Fairlawn Drive, where he allegedly assaulted Robert Qualls, who was visiting the home of Ella Hurt.

Qualls told police that Johnson put him in a choke hold and that he flipped Johnson over the couch. He said that an unidentified white male had also entered the residence, but that he chased the male out and saw him get into a silver Honda.

Qualls said he did not see Johnson leave the residence and police located him hiding in the basement of the home.

Johnson was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $20,000 bond.

He was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Wednesday.

Johnson has been charged with burglary by Johnson City police in the past.

In December 2008, Johnson and a woman were charged with auto burglary.

In October 2009, Johnson and another man were charged with armed robbery at a Jena Beth Drive apartment in Elizabethton.

Johnson faced charges of aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in that incident, where the two reportedly identified themselves as law enforcement officers and ordered the resident to lie on the floor. The victim was held at gunpoint by one of the men while the other robbed him.

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