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Johnson City man faces robbery, kidnapping charges after ex-girlfriend pistol whipped

Becky Campbell • Updated Dec 6, 2019 at 8:25 PM

A Johnson City man who held his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, then pistol whipping her when she drove to the police department was arraigned Friday on robbery and other related charges.

Marcus Anthony Cardwell, 31, 832 Dyer St., was waiting in his girlfriend’s vehicle when she got off work around 8 a.m. Nov. 23 after working a caregiver shift at a Lakeview Drive apartment. The woman told Cardwell to get out, but he pulled a silver revolver out and said, “look what I got,” according to a court document.

Cardwell ordered his ex-girlfriend to drive him to Keystone Apartments and “if she didn’t, he would shoot her and there wouldn’t be any evidence,” the court document stated. The woman told Cardwell she would take him and began driving. As she approached the Johnson City Police Department on Main Street, she turned into the lot.

Cardwell pulled the keys from the ignition, police said, and held the gun to her side and ordered her to leave. When she refused, Cardwell grabbed the woman’s purse from the back seat and began going through it. She later told police her iPhone was missing from her purse.

“He then hit her in the face with the pistol, punched her in the arm and ran toward Keystone through Memorial Park Community Center, police said. Cardwell was arrested on the charges Thursday.

Cardwell was held on $30,000 bond and has a court hearing set for Dec. 17 in Sessions Court.

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