Johnson City crime roundup: gas station fight, nephew's assault charge and more

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 10, 2018 at 4:57 PM

Recent felony arrests reported by Johnson City police:

Gas station fight arrest: An argument at North Broadway Street convenience market resulted in a man’s arrest Monday morning. Johnson City police charged Michael D. Mann, 31, 1726 Dave Buck Road, with aggravated assault. About 11:30 a.m., police were called to the Marathon Gas Station, 502 N. Broadway St., in reference to a man armed with a knife. The caller told police he had been in an argument with Mann, who got agitated and wanted to fight. The victim told police the two fought, and Mann pulled a large knife and approached the victim. The victim retreated to his vehicle, and Mann fled before police arrived. The victim gave police a detailed description of Mann and the direction he fled. Police found Mann walking several blocks from the convenience store and arrested him. Mann was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Woman struck with vehicle: Johnson City police arrested a 37-year-old man Saturday after accusations in November that he assaulted a woman, stole her vehicle and then struck her with it. Adam Puckett, 1185 W. Mountainview Road, was charged with domestic aggravated assault and theft of motor vehicle. About 1:20 a.m. Nov. 14, police were called to a disturbance at The Haven Apartments, 1185 W. Mountainview Road. Police said the investigation revealed Puckett and victim had been involved in an argument which turned physical. During the argument, Mann assaulted the victim, stole her vehicle and struck her with her vehicle as he fled the scene. Puckett and the vehicle were found in Asheville, North Carolina, and Johnson City police obtained a warrant for his arrest. Puckett initially was held in the Buncombe County, North Carolina, jail and later extradited to Tennessee. He was held at the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000.00 bond and was set to appear in Sessions Court Monday.

Man charged with identity theft: A Unicoi man was charged Thursday with using a woman’s debit card in Johnson City. Richard Fountain, 25, 4321 Simerly Creek Road, was charged him with five counts of identity theft and five counts of credit card fraud under $500. The victim told police her wallet had been stolen and she noticed that there were unauthorized charges on her debit card. There were five charges on her account that occurred in Johnson City. Fountain was already held at the Washington County Detention Center on unrelated charges. His bond was increased by $500. He was arraigned in Sessions Court on Friday. A man fought off a knife attack from his nephew with a kitchen pot last week, police said, resulting in the nephew’s arrest.

Nephew charged with assault: Devonte Morrison, 27, 306 Peach Blossom Court, was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday. Police were called to Morrison’s arrest just after midnight, and the uncle reported that Morrison showed up claiming to be intoxicated and knocking on the door. The victim opened the door for Morrison, who started gathering some of his belongings. Police reported that Morrison started an argument and tried to strike his uncle before grabbing a knife from the kitchen and continuing the fight. Morrison pinned his uncle to the ground, so the uncle grabbed a small sauce pot and struck Morrison’s head. Once free, the victim retreated to his bedroom and locked the door. A witness who was in the home went across the street to a neighbor’s house for safety until police could arrive. Morrison was held t the Washington County Detention Center on $15,000 bond and arraigned later Wednesday in Sessions Court. Morrison’s previous arrests included a vandalism charge in February 2012, a burglary charge in February 2013, and DUI in January 2017.

Fugitive from justice arrested: A Johnson City man was held pending an extradition hearing set for Thursday after his arrest on warrants from Virginia. Ariel Valentin, 38, 302 Green Pond Road, was charged locally with being a fugitive from justice. About 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30, police spotted a vehicle that had been flagged for the warrant and stopped it. Valentin was the driver, and police confirmed that he was wanted by the Virginia State Police on simple assault, larceny and traffic charges. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting extradition by Virginia State Police.

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