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New charges placed from robberies in Piney Flats, I-26 standoff in Johnson City

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 6:32 PM

A Johnson City man involved in an Interstate 26 police standoff after two armed robberies in July faced new charges Wednesday upon his release from the Sullivan County jail.

Johnson City police charged Christopher Brown, 33, 415 E. Holston Ave., with possession of stolen property and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Brown was arrested July 13 after a three-hour standoff on I-26 that followed a crash on the North State of Franklin Road onramp that occurred as Brown tried to flee a traffic stop. At the time, police, Brown climbed a light pole and held a knife to his neck, and police stopped traffic at Exit 19 while negotiating with Brown.

Police had been searching for Brown, as he had been suspected of robbing two businesses in Piney Flats — the Dollar Tree at 114 Allison Road and the Subway at 6591 Bristol Highway — earlier in the day. For the robbery in the Johnson City limits, police charged Brown with one count of aggravated robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, theft of property and possession of stolen property.

In a news release issued Wednesday, police said they searched Brown’s vehicle and found evidence linking him to the robberies. They also found a .22-caliber pistol that had been reported stolen to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in March 2015. A records check showed Brown was also a convicted felon.

Johnson City Police Sgt. David Hilton said Wednesday that Brown had been held in Sullivan County on robbery charges, so the Johnson City charges were placed after his release.

Brown was held Wednesday in the Washington County Detention Center under $35,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Thursday.

Brown had been arrested in April 2018 on charges of aggravated robbery, theft of a motor vehicle over $1,000, possession of a prohibited weapon, driving on a revoked license and possession of stolen property under $1,000.

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