Kingsport man charged with kidnapping woman at gunpoint in Johnson City

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 5, 2019 at 6:26 PM

A woman told Johnson City police her ex-boyfriend kidnapped her at gunpoint, pistol whipped her and stole her cellphone last month, resulting in his arrest Thursday.

About 8:15 a.m. Nov. 23, the woman showed up at police headquarters on East Main Street and told police 21-year-old Marcus Cardwell got into her vehicle as she was leaving work and forced her to take him to the Keystone Community at gunpoint. She took an alternate route in an attempt to drive to the police station instead.

As the approached the station, Cardwell turned off the vehicle, struck the victim’s face with the pistol and stole her cell phone before running away. Police searched the area for Cardwell but did not find him.

On Thursday, police found Cardwell, 3936 Bond Drive, Kingsport, at North Roan Street bus stop and arrested him. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $30,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Friday.

In January, Cardwell was charged with possession of a firearm with altered serial number, two counts of evading arrest and resisting arrest. Police were called to the 700 block of Wilson Avenue, where the victims that Cardwell had threatened to shoot at them over a previous dispute and was pacing back and forth in front of the residence. He fled, but police eventually caught up with him in the Keystone area.

Cardwell was arrested in November 2017 and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

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