Johnson City pair charged with kidnapping, assault after victim claims he was held for days

Johnson City Press • Updated May 20, 2019 at 6:37 PM

A man told police he was kidnapped from a Johnson City convenience market, thrown into a car and held for several days in Carter County before escaping, resulting in two arrests early Sunday morning.

Richard Owens, 52, 144 Carrville Ave., and Ramona Delgado, 20, 1002 Clover Circle, were each charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

The victim, whose name was not reported in a news release, told police he confronted Owens and Delgado at the Roadrunner Market, 1001 S. Roan St., over a dispute sometime earlier in the week when a fight resulted. He told police he was struck on the head with a blunt object, thrown into the back of a vehicle and driven to a location in Carter County.

He told police he was held against his will and assaulted for several days before he was able to escape to a the residence of a neighbor, who called 911.

Owens and Delgado were jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Owens had been arrested on other occasions in Johnson City.

• In February 2017, he was charged with possession of schedule IV drugs with intent to sell, possession of a firearm during an offense and intimidation. Police said at the time he had taken a gun into a woman’s hotel room and threatened her when she told him to leave.

• The following November, Owens was arrested following a shootout in the area of Hamilton Street and Hillcrest Drive. Owens had been dropped off at Johnson City Medical Center, where he was treated for a single gunshot wound.  

Police said Owens gave an account of the shooting that was different from other witnesses’ statements regarding his involvement. Police said evidence indicated Owens and another person exchanged gunfire, but there was no evidence or reports indicating that anyone else was wounded. 

Owens was charged with false reporting, reckless endangerment, simple possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon.

• In February 2018, Owens was the third person charged after a robbery at a Boones Creek hotel.



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