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Crime Roundup: Man charged with identity theft, drug paraphernalia and more

Johnson City Press • Apr 8, 2019 at 12:10 PM

The following is a roundup of felony arrests reported recently by local law enforcement:

Man charged with identity theft, unlawful drug paraphernalia, more 

On Thursday, Johnson City police noticed a red SUV with a man slumped over in the driver’s seat.

When police made contact with Deon S. Presnell, 22, Jonesborough, he gave officers three different Social Security numbers that did not match with him. When asked about this, he attempted to flee on foot, according to police.

After police detained him, they were able to get his correct identity, and Presnell was found with three counterfeit $100 bills and all matching serial numbers along with drug paraphernalia. He was charged with three counts of identity theft, criminal simulation, unlawful drug paraphernalia, driving on revoked license fourth offense and evading arrest. Presnell was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $43,000 bond and set to appear in Sessions Court Friday. 

Phone scam in Bristol

On March 25, a Bristol, Tennessee resident contacted police about a male telling her she had won $1 million and a new Mercedes before requesting a total of $27,000 to another person in Blountville. The person in Blountville then forwarded $25,000 to a third person in North Chicago, Illinois. The case was then assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, and detectives quickly recognized this was a scam before tracking the money transfers and intercepting the $24,000 sent to the person in Illinois. The victim from Bristol was contacted by the unknown suspect again and asked to apply for a $68,000 loan to send to him. 

Detectives are still attempting to recover the remaining $3,000 but believe it has been sent out of the country and probably unrecoverable. The suspect was believed to be calling from Kingston, Jamaica.

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department wants to remind residents never to send money like this without consulting with a family member or law enforcement. Authorities say scammers will often pose as companies giving out prize money or as government officials trying to collect taxes. 

Juvenile charged with possession of stolen vehicle 

On Tuesday, Johnson City police arrested a 15-year-old girl and charged her with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen Monday before the vehicle was stopped for speeding. 

The girl was arrested and sent to the Johnson City Police Department, where she was released to her guardian. Her court date is set for May 3 in Johnson City Juvenile Court.

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