According to Sheriff Mike Hensley:
• The incident began at about 4:40 p.m. when a man jumped in front of a small, dark, late-model pickup truck the woman was driving and waved for her to stop near the intersection of Unicoi Drive and Highway 173.
• The second man then entered the passenger door of the truck and used a knife to force the woman to turn off Unicoi Drive onto Highway 173 and drive toward the Unicoi flea market. Before reaching the flea market, the man forced the woman to turn around and drive back toward Unicoi Drive and to stop the car at a point south of the interstate at Exit 32.
•At that point, the man took a small purse the woman had with her in the truck, then got out and ran behind the vehicle toward the interstate exit.
According to the sheriff, the woman was unhurt in the incident other than “a small scratch on her jaw” caused by the knife.
She described both men as being 20 to 30 years old, both Hispanic and both wearing blue jeans. She said one of the men had short dark hair and the other had his hair tied back, possibly in a ponytail. One of the men also had a mole or tattoo on the side of his face.
The sheriff asked anyone with any information about the men or anyone who saw anything unusual in that area Saturday afternoon to call the Unicoi County 911 non-emergency line at 423-743-1850.
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