Crime Roundup: assault, stalking, motorcycle theft and more

Johnson City Press • Jan 10, 2019 at 9:06 AM

The following is a roundup of recent arrests made by the Johnson City Police Department:

Driver accused of nearly striking police officer with car

A Telford woman nearly struck a Johnson City police officer as she fled a traffic stop Wednesday after an attempted burglary investigation, police said in a news release. Samantha Lester, 27, 151 Lovegrove Lane, was later stopped by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and arrested. About 2:30 a.m., police were sent to the Student Quarters Apartment Complex, 1301 Seminole Drive, to check on a report about people looking into cars and pulling handles. Dispatchers told police people were seen in a red Ford Focus with the front windows taped up. On the way to Student Quarters, police saw the car at Southwest Avenue and Gilbreath Drive traveling toward University Parkway. Police tried to stop the car but the driver ran a led light and then stopped at the next light. Officers approached the Focus from both sides, and Lester pulled away, almost striking the officer on the passenger side. Lester was then able to elude police. After the car left the city limits, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were able to stop the Focus and detained everyone in it. Lester was charged with aggravated assault, failure to obey a traffic control device, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license and simple possession of marijuana. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $32,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Thursday.

Man charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and stalking 

Johnson City police arrested a man Tuesday after investigating three domestic disturbances reported in December, according to a news release from the department. Darrin Warren, 30, 808 Wilson Ave., was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and stalking after the a woman stated he pointed a firearm at her and choked her until she lost consciousness in two of the three incidents. Warren was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $55,000 bond and set to appear in Sessions Court Wednesday. 

Two juveniles accused of stealing motorcycles 

Johnson City police arrested two boys in the early morning hours Wednesday after responding to a report about a burglary at Jim’s Motorcycle Sales, 1211 W. Market St., according to a news release.  When police responded to the report just before midnight, officers discovered two boys had forced their way into the building and took five motorcycles. Both left riding a motorcycle shortly before they were apprehended. Each youth was charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft over $10,000 and four counts of theft over $1,000. They were held in the Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center and set to appear in the Johnson City Juvenile Court Wednesday. 

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