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Crime roundup: theft, a traffic stop escalated and an incident in an emergency room

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 13, 2019 at 6:28 PM

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

Man allegedly threatens hospital security and officer with knife

Johnson City police department charged Matthew Shell, 31, Unicoi, on Wednesday with two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest.

Officers arrived at the emergency room at Franklin Woods Hospital responding to reports of a man threatening a security office with a knife. According to a release form the Johnson City Police Department, officers found Shell at the entrance threatening the security officer with a knife, and once they arrived, threatening the responding officer as well.

Police say the officer was able to subdue Shell using a Taser, and no injuries were reported except for a minor cut to Shell’s face that was treated at the hospital.

Shell was taken to the Washington County Detention Center and held on a $25,000 bond. His arraignment was scheduled in Sessions Court for April 11.

Vehicle stop results in multiple felony charges for Johnson City man

Johnson City police officers performed a traffic stop in around 2 a.m. on April 10 on a vehicle with broken headlight.

During a records check, the officer identified the driver as Lance Hugley, 515 Pardee St., Johnson City, and learned his license was suspended. Upon a search of the vehicle, police say the officer found a loaded firearm, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hugley was charged with possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment, driving on suspended license and violation of light law. He was held in lieu of $22,000 bond. Hugley’s arraignment was scheduled for Sessions Court on April 10.

Man charged with theft after car is briefly left unattended

A woman started her 2010 Dodge Journey in the driveway of her home on Ian Drive in Johnson City on Tuesday morning before briefly going back inside. According to a news release from the Johnson City Police Department, the woman came back out to see a white man driving away in her vehicle.

The woman identified a man later identified as 21-year-old Braden Autrey, Sliger Road, Jonesborough, on a neighbor’s surveillance camera footage as the man who allegedly stole her SUV.

On Wednesday. Johnson City police charged Autrey with theft of property (motor vehicles) over $10,000.

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