5 accused of Johnson City home invasion, robbery at gunpoint

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 17, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Johnson City police Monday arrested four Knoxville residents and a Johnson City man on charges that they were involved in a home invasion with a gun on East Unaka Avenue, according to a news release.

Police were called to a residence in the 800 block of East Unaka, where the house cleaner reported that two men entered the residence with one pointing a handgun at her. Police said the woman was moved into a room and held at gunpoint by two men while at least one other person ransacked the house.

The men left after taking property from the house. Two witnesses gave a vehicle description with a tag number.

Police found the car parked at the Mall at Johnson City on North Roan Street a short time later. After seeing five men get into the car, police attempted a traffic stop. Four men fled from the car when it stopped briefly but police caught them. The driver continued to flee until crashing on North Roan and fleeing on foot. Police caught him after a brief foot pursuit.

Police recovered some of the victims’ property.

Johnson City’s Lavelle Scott, 21, 602 University Parkway, and Knoxville residents Estevenico Chandler, 20, Brian Nolbert, 19, Ashandre Stewart, 20 and Raymond Woods, 20, were each charged with aggravated robbery and false imprisonment. They were held in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond each with Sessions Court appearances set for Tuesday.

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