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Man charged with Johnson City motorcycle shop assault 8 1/2 years after son charged in same case

Becky Campbell • Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM

Johnson City police arrested a Jonesborough man on an aggravated assault charge early Thursday morning 8 1/2 years after the incident in question.

Earl Thomas Mitchell Jr., 65, 188 Leach Circle, was one of three people involved in an assault at Jim’s Motorcycle Sales, 1211 W. Market St., on Aug. 1, 2011, police said in a news release.

At the time, police said a man had been assaulted by three men at the shop. The victim was identified as Anthony A. Overstreet, 21, whom police found bleeding from his face and having trouble staying awake.

Witnesses told police the fight started because one of the attackers thought Overstreet had been “running his mouth,” and the three assailants attacked Overstreet from behind, hit him and kicked him. Overstreet suffered moderate head trauma, a dislocated shoulder and several scrapes, scratches and bruises. He was treated at Johnson City Medical Center.

Witnesses told police one of the attackers drove off in a white Cavalier and intentionally struck a woman. Police said she received minor injuries but did not identify her in the 2011 report.

That same day, police reported the arrest of Mitchell’s son, Earl Thomas Mitchell III. The younger Mitchell, who was 30 at the time, was stopped in a Volkswagen witnesses also had said left the scene. Police had two other suspects in the case, and charges were pending until Overstreet could view a photo lineup, police said in 2011.

Police said Thursday the older Mitchell was never found to be served with the charges until his arrest about 2 a.m. Police also noted in Thursday’s news release that another person had been arrested shortly after the assault in 2011 but did not name that person.

The older Mitchell was jailed Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center under $100,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for later Thursday.

This is a developing story. Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more details as they are made available.

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