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Man punched at officers after strong-arm robbery, Johnson City police say

Staff Report • Mar 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

A man well known to Johnson City police ran from officers and threw punches Monday as he was arrested following a strong-arm robbery at a South Roan Street convenience market, police said.

Ronald Sams, 54, general delivery, Johnson City, was arrested after the incident that began at the Sunoco at 1001 S. Roan St.

Police were called there just before 9 p.m. about a fight in progress and spoke with the victim, who reported that he had been in an argument with Sams. The argument culminated with Sams stealing the victim's cell phone, police said, and the victim gave police a description.

Police found Sams walking along West State of Franklin Road approaching Sevier Street in downtown Johnson City. They told him to stop, but he took off running. Police quickly caught up with him, but he attempted to punch the arresting officers and continued to resist until police got him handcuffed. The stolen cell phone was on Sams.

Sams was charged with robbery, vandalism, evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $14,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance today.

In January, Sams was arrested after a Johnson City homeowner returned to his residence after several days and found Sams inside. Sams was awakened by the homeowner and fled the residence. Police found him with property stolen from the residence. He was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and theft of property under $500. He was also charged with criminal trespassing in February.

In October, the Tennessee Highway Patrol charged him with driving on a revoked license.

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