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Crime roundup: 2 knife assaults, felons with handgun, monument vandalism and more from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 29, 2019 at 7:56 PM

Recent felony arrests reported by Johnson City Police:

Man charged with knife assault

A Johnson City man was accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend while holding a large knife Friday, resulting in an aggravated domestic assault charge.

Police said Michael Piccioni, 33, 1339 Gibson St., had threatened to kill the woman earlier, prompting her to lock herself in a roommate’s room. Around 2:45 a.m. Friday, the woman and a witness were seated in the living room when Piccioni entered the room with the large knife.

He threatened the victim again and cut the cord to her nebulizer before slapping her face. The witness called police, who found Piccioni in his bedroom with the knife. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $20,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for later Friday.

Boy accused of cutting victim’s hand

Police said a boy cut a female during an argument earlier this month, resulting in his arrest Thursday. About 6:15 p.m March 4, police spoke with the woman at 1212 Claiborne St.

She reported that the boy had stabbed her hand during an argument and fled before police arrived. About 12:15 p.m. Thursday, police found the boy at his home and charged him with aggravated assault. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was ordered into Johnson City Juvenile Court at a later date.

Two felons charged with handgun possession

Johnson City police charged Tesla J. Robinson, 26, 326 Historic Hills Road, Kingsport, with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Officers also arrested Adam W. Bear, 34, 2125 Ramah Road, Kingsport, and also charged him with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Robinson and Bear were held at the Washington County Detention Center. Robinson had a $12,000 bond and Bear a $10,000 bond. Both were set for arraignment Friday in Sessions Court.

Woman charged with truck theft

Johnson City police charged Anita K. Hankal, 63, 1007 Borowood Court, Jonesborough, with theft of a motor vehicle. About 12:30 a.m. officers located a Ford F-350 at the Roadrunner Market at 607 Twin Oaks Drive, that had been reported stolen March 27.

Police said they noticed a woman sleeping in the back of the cab and made contact identifying her as Hankal. When questioned, she admitted to having taken the truck from her ex-husband’s residence, which is where the victim was having the truck serviced for repair.

Hankal admitted to driving the truck to the Roadrunner Market, where she parked it before police spoke with her. Hankal was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond. She was set to appear Thursday in Sessions Court.

Felony credit card fraud

Johnson City police charged Joshua Aquino, 30, of Rockingham Road, Gray, and charged him with 11 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of property over $1,000.

On March 15, a caller reported that Joshua Aquino used his credit card without his permission. The unauthorized charges began Jan. 19 and ended Feb. 20 at various locations in Johnson City. Aquino was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $650 bond with an appearance set for arraignment Friday in Sessions Court.

Criminal simulation

Police charged Mark Anthony Young, 46, of West Millard Street, Johnson City, with criminal simulation. On Wednesday, officers responded to a Regions Bank branch in reference to someone trying to pass a counterfeit check and arrested Young. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $3,000 bond with an appearance set for arraignment Friday in Sessions Court.

Juvenile charged with vandalism

Police arrested a juvenile in connection to monument vandalism at the Duncans Retreat subdivision off Carroll Creek Road on March 12. The monument was established in 1904 to mark the grave site of Jesse Duncan.

The monument indicates Duncan was the first white man in Tennessee to be killed by Indians, sometime around 1765. Surveillance video captured the vandalism, and police released images with a news release, prompting a tip that led to the juvenile’s arrest. The juvenile, whose name was not released because of age, was ordered to in Johnson City Juvenile Court at a later date.

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