Crime roundup: Woman dragged by vehicle, broken transit window and more arrests

Johnson City Press • Jan 29, 2019 at 10:02 AM

The following are recent felony arrests reported by local law enforcement:

Struck and dragged: Police saw a Johnson City man strike and drag a woman with his vehicle Saturday in downtown Johnson City, according to a news release. About 3:30 a.m., police were called to an unspecified disturbance at Downtown Square, where they saw the events unfold. The first officer on scene attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused. The vehicle struck other pedestrians and nearly struck the officer before the driver fled the scene toward Buffalo Street, where police stopped it. Zackery S. Toney, 24, 1308 E. Lynwood Circle, was charged with reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Broken transit station window: Johnson City police placed a felony vandalism charge against a man Sunday after he broke a window at the Johnson City Transit Station on West Market Street, according to a news release. Steven Soucy, 30, no address available, was charged with vandalism over $1,000. Police were called to the transit station about 9:45 a.m., and employees reported that Soucy became irate while in the station before picking up a trash can and throwing it through the window. He then left the scene through the broken window. Police soon found him in front of the Johnson City Public Library. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Hit and run: Johnson City Police arrested Joe W. George of Telford, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. on Interstate 26 following a hit-and-run crash. The wreck happened near the entrance ramp of University Parkway traveling westbound. According to a press release from the Johnson City Police Department, a green Acura struck another vehicle and fled the scene. No injuries were reported. About a mile west from the accident police stopped the Acura and identified George as the driver. George was charged with habitual motor offender, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and no financial responsibility. He held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $7,000 bond. He was arraigned Wednesday in the Washington County General Sessions Court.

Two burglaries: Johnson City police filed aggravated burglary charges against a woman twice in January after two burglaries the same neighborhood Dec. 28. Jennifer Lynn Hensley, 27, whose addresses were listed as 695 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, and 1905 E. Myrtle Ave., Johnson City, was arrested Jan. 14. The first burglary occurred at 1801 E. Myrtle Ave. at 5:30 a.m. The victim told police had been awakened by a loud thud from his kitchen. He found the attic entrance open and a chair knocked over. When he heard the noise. his motion sensor triggered his alarm from the workshop. He found an unlocked door leading outside from the workshop that he had locked the night before. Security footage from cameras outside the residence showed a person pushing a bike from his backyard to in front of his garage and laying it down on the ground. The person walked toward the house off camera. Minutes later the same person is shown on another camera crawling out of a small fenced in area from the workshop in the house. The second burglary occurred shortly after that at 503 Earl St. The victim told police Hensley was the last person at the residence sitting on the porch. Police said they found items belonging to Hensley inside the Earl Street residence, placing her in the home during the burglary. A short time later, police found her on East Myrtle Avenue wearing the second victim’s clothing and jewelry. She was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, and police obtained warrants for her arrest. Jonesborough police took Hensley into custody on Jan. 14. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $40,000 bond. A Sessions Court hearing was set for Feb. 7.

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