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Phony money, not his backpack, drugs in a stump and more felony arrests reported by Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 8, 2019 at 6:24 PM

The following is a roundup of recent felony arrests reported by Johnson City police:

Phony money: Johnson City police said a man had 23 counterfeit $100 bills in his wallet Sunday when they arrested him on a previous warrant. Joshua A. Walker, 37, no address available, was arrested while police were in the area of the Roadrunner Market at 1001 S. Roan St. They encountered Walker, who fit the description of someone who had committed a crime at the same location days earlier. After learning Washington County had warrants out for Walker’s arrest, police searched him and found the phony bills. Walker was charged with 23 counts of criminal simulation. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $40,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Not his backpack: Police said a man tried to report that his backpack had been stolen at Johnson City’s Lowe’s store Saturday, but surveillance video showed he had stolen the backpack from the store. William J. York, 36, of Colony Park Drive, was charged with false reporting. Police went to Lowe’s about 9:20 a.m. to meet with York, who wanted to report his backpack had been stolen. An employee had suspected Lee of shoplifting and had taken the backpack from him, finding merchandise inside the bag. Police said video surveillance recordings revealed York had taken the backpack from a Lowe’s shelf but reported to police that it belonged to him. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $5,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Drugs in a stump: An Elizabethton man faced drug charges Saturday after fleeing Johnson City police amid a traffic stop, police said. Caleb E. Lee, 23, 410 Johnson Ave., was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI narcotics and evading arrest. About 8 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop at East Lakeview Drive and Sandy Drive when a man exited the front passenger door and ran into a wooded area behind Lake Terrace apartments. A police dog was used to search the area and alerted officers to a hollow stump. Police found a baggie containing 12 grams of marijuana and a baggie containing 17 grams of methamphetamine inside the stump. About 2 p.m., police received an anonymous tip that Lee was back in the woods. They found Lee walking toward the stump about 50 feet away. The officer who made the traffic stop recognized him as the man who fled. Lee was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $12,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Aggravated domestic assault charge: A Johnson City man accused of assaulting a woman at two locations was arrested Saturday. Tyler Riddell, 45, was charged with aggravated domestic assault after police investigated assaults that had occurred on Wednesday at the woman’s residence and Tyler’s Welding, 2017 Indian Ridge Road. Police said Riddell struck the woman multiple times, causing significant scrapes and bruises on her extremities. Riddell also threw a large metal shelf at the woman and hit her on the back, causing injuries that required medical attention. Riddle was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Identity theft charge: A woman gave police a false name Saturday as they tried to serve a warrant from Carter County, police said. Samantha Robison, 29, no address available, faced identity theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia charges. She had given police the name “Nichole King,” but police identified her using photos from previous contact. Robinson was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $12,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Motorcycle shop burglaries: Police arrested an adult and a boy Friday following a series of events at a Johnson City motorcycle shop. Police were called to Jim’s Motorcycle, 1209 W. Market St., where they learned the boy had thrown a rock through the side door and entered the business at 3:24 a.m. They said he stole a Honda dirt bike and helmet. At 5:10 a.m., Thomas M. Dalton, 121 Top Side Circle, entered the business through the broken door and stole two generators and a weed trimmer, police said. The boy was cited for burglary and theft of property over $2,500, released to his mother and scheduled for a date in Johnson City Juvenile Court. Dalton was charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Dalton was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $11,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Methamphetamine: A Jonesborough woman was jailed on drug charges Friday after police found her in a vehicle she had failed to return to its owner, police said. Nina Davis, 35, 190 Pecan Wood Drive, was charged with identity theft, possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and third offense driving on a suspended license. During the investigation, Davis produced a Tennessee driver’s license belonging to someone else and claimed to be that person. Police also said Davis was also in possession of methamphetamine in an amount for resale and drug paraphernalia. A records check indicted she had a suspended license. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center under a $22,000 bond and arraigned later Friday in Sessions Court.

Clubbed during an attempted robbery: Police said a Johnson City man struck someone with a blunt object during an attempted robbery on Delaware Street. About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to 202 Delaware, where they learned Billy Ray Riley, 61, 602 University Pkwy., had struck the victim’s head, causing the victim to lose consciousness and fall to the ground. While the victim was on the ground, Riley unsuccessfully tried to steal the victim’s wallet and the cash it contained. The victim was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, where he was admitted for observation. Riley was charged Thursday with attempted especially aggravated robbery. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $50,000 bond and arraigned Friday in Sessions Court.

Habitual motor offender: A wanted man classified as a habitual motor offender was arrested July 1, having fled from a traffic stop in June, police said. Nathan M. Hicks, 44, 1319 Bell Ridge Road, was charged with habitual motor offender violation, felony evading arrest and failure to yield. Police said Hicks was driving a Ram pickup truck June 21 when they attempted to stop him for failure to yield. He fled the stop, and as police investigated, they learned he had an outstanding warrant from Carter County and a revoked driver license due to his habitual motor offender status. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $7,500 bond and arraigned July 2.

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