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Johnson City hammer attack, McDonald's theft and more in crime

Johnson City Press • Updated May 24, 2019 at 9:48 PM

Hammer attack charge. A Johnson City man was arrested Thursday after he attacked another man with a hammer at a Wilson Avenue apartment, police said. Craig Reed, 500 Lamont St., Apt. 5, was charged with aggravated assault. About 5:30 p.m., police went to 122 Wilson Ave., Apt. 1, where they encountered a fight in progress. Police said the victim was able to block Reed from striking him with the hammer and suffered only minor injuries. Reed was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Friday.

Auto burglary reported at Econo Lodge. Police caught a man stealing charge from a car parked at Johnson City motel early Thursday morning, police said in a news release. Luther E. Easley, 27, no address available, was charged with auto burglary and unlawful drug paraphernalia. About 3 a.m., police were called to the Econo Lodge, 207 E. Mountcastle Drive, regarding a suspicious person when they found Easley in the act of burglarizing the car. They also found him with a syringe/needle and a red straw. Easley was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond and arraigned later Thursday in Sessions Court.

McDonald’s debit card theft reported. Police said a man used a debit card stolen at a Johnson City McDonald’s to make a purchase at a nearby liquor store and forged the victim’s signature, resulting in his arrest Wednesday. Thomas Dalton, 51, was charged with theft of property under $1,000, credit/debit card fraud and forgery. On May 17, police were called to the McDonald’s at 1710 W. Market St., where the caller reported that belongings had been stolen. Police later learned that the reported victim’s debit card had been used at AAA Package Store, l910 W. Market St., before the victim could cancel the card. Police said Dalton signed the victim’s name to the receipt. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.

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