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Boone robbery manhunt, Johnson City knife threat and more in crime

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 29, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Manhunt in North Carolina: BOONE, N.C. — Police were looking for two men for questioning after the robbery of a convenience store on Highway 421 early Monday morning. About 2 a.m., the Circle K convenience store at the intersection of Highway 421 and Bamboo Road was robbed at gunpoint. The clerk was not harmed, but two men took cash and merchandise from the store. The men fled in a Maroon Chevy Malibu, which was later found wrecked in Ashe County. Police were looking for Aziz Felder and Jaheim Hicks, who had been identified as suspects in the theft of the Chevy Malibu from Yadkin County. They were wanted for questioning in the robbery.

Knife threat: A 25-year-old Johnson City man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault Saturday following accusations that he threatened two people with a knife during a fight. Stephen J. Harris, 1106 Fremont Drive, was arrested after police went to 2012 Leeland Road, Lot 1, about 1 p.m. Harris had fled the scene, but police soon found him. Harris is the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. Harris was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $30,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Forged check: Police said a Johnson City woman altered a check and tried to cash it at a local bank in April, resulting in her arrest Friday. Melinda Montgomery, 27, Elizabethton Highway, was charged her with forgery and criminal simulation. On June 26, police met with the complainant from Mountain Commerce Bank, 3122 Bristol Highway. They provided information for a check that had been altered out of the victim’s business account. Police said Montgomery attempted to pass the forged check payable to her on April 25. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $2,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Brother’s name: Johnson City police charged a man with identity theft and criminal trespassing on July 20. Police said Mark A. Benenati, 49, 232 Telford Road, gave his brother’s name to avoid arrest when they encountered him June 29 during a fight investigation on King Street. He had outstanding warrant from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on June 30, and on July 20, police found Benenati near Woodridge Hospital while investigating reports of a vehicle that had been stolen in Washington County. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $5,000 bond and arraigned July 22 in Sessions Court.

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