Cruiser rammed, elderly exploitation at Walmart, Iris Glen fires and more in Johnson City crime

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Recent felony arrests reported by Johnson City police:

Police car rammed: Two people were arrested after their van repeatedly rammed a Johnson City police cruiser early Sunday morning, police said. Jason Nickles, 45, 1009 Buffalo St., Apt. 4, and Angela Ashley, 41, 216 S. Main St., Elizabethton, each face multiple felony charges. About  5:30 a.m., police were called to 216 McKinley Church Road following a 911 call regarding suspicious people behind the residence. Police said Nickles and Ashley tried to flee the premises in a blue Chrysler Town and Country van as officers approached, nearly striking them in the process. The van repeatedly rammed a stationary police car multiple times before becoming stuck in mud. Ashley ran away, but police caught her after a brief chase. Police said she then used another person’s identification in an attempt to mislead police and medical personnel. Nickles was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and resisting arrest. Ashley was charged with identity theft, assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest. Both were jailed in the Washington County Detention Center and arraigned Monday. Nickles’ bond was set at $102,000 while Ashley’s was set at $4,000.

Elder exploitation: Johnson City police charged a Greeneville woman March 19 with theft over $1,000 and abuse, neglect or exploitation of an elder. Police said Robin Moffitt, 40, 144 Mason St., was arrested as a result of a missing person investigation. Police said Moffitt picked up the victim, an elderly man, from his home in Johnson City and took him to Walmart, where she made a purchase of $1,095.50 using the man’s debit card. She later returned the man to his residence. Moffitt was held in the Detention Center under $1,500 bond. A court date was pending.

Walmart burglary charges: Police charged a Jonesborough woman with shoplifting and burglary March 19 after being called to the Walmart at 3111 Browns Mills Road. Police said Kacei Pierce, 26, 125 Bayless Road, had concealed and swapped tags on numerous items without paying the $110.28 total. She had been banned from Walmart on Nov. 2. She had been convicted of shoplifting in 2013. Pierce was held in the Detention Center under $5,000 bond and arraigned Friday. On March 17, police filed the same charges against Christopher A. Spears, 100 Kings Road. Police said Spears was seen by employees at the same Walmart concealing multiple electronic items without paying. He, too, had been banned from Walmart. He was held in the Detention Center under $1,000 bond and arraigned March 18.

Mall threats: Police arrested a woman March 18 with numerous charges after she threatened to stab two employees at Belk Department Store in the Mall at Johnson City. Carrie Stephens, 40, faced two counts of aggravated assault, shoplifting and introduction of contraband into a penal facility. En route to investigate a shoplifting case, police were informed that Stephens had fallen into a hole and threatened to stab two loss prevention associates with a needle. Police said Stephens had concealed about $360 worth of jewelry in her underwear. A search of her pocketbook revealed a broken needle. In addition to the jewelry, Stephens tried to steal two jackets valued at $130 and a pocketbook valued at $78. As she was booked into the Detention Center, Stephens tried to ingest two white pills. She was held on $36,000 bond and arraigned March 19.

Roadrunner crack arrest: Police said a man had crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia when they arrested him at a Johnson City Roadrunner market March 15. They were called to the market at 900 Sunset Drive about a man passed out in his car. Police found Willie Caffey, 61, 1106 Fremont St., asleep with an open bottle of an alcoholic beverage in his lap. He did respond to knocks on his window but awoke when police opened his door. Caffey was charged with manufacture/delivery/sale of a controlled substance, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Detention Center under $4,000 bond and arraigned March 16. Caffey also faced crack charges in 2016 and 2017.

Fake cash and real drugs at Walmart: Police said a woman at the Browns Mill Road Walmart had a counterfeit $100 bill and suboxone and marijuana in her possession on March 14. Valerie Saylor, 37, 112 Mountain View Circle, was charged with criminal simulation and simple possession. Police were called to the store about shoplifting and encountered Saylor. She was held in the Detention Center under $11,000 bond and arraigned March 16.

Fires at the dump: On March 12, police arrested a man on charges that he set fires at Iris Glen Environmental and vandalized the Waste Management office. Eric Jordan Stowell, 28, no address available, was charged with one count of vandalism over $2,500, four counts of reckless burning and one count of theft under $1,000. On March 8, police investigated the suspicious fires and vandalism at the East Main Street landfill. Police said Stowell was developed as a suspect because he was arrested earlier that same day while carrying a sign from Iris Glen property. Stowell was already in the Detention Center when he was served with the warrant. His bond was set at $10,000. He was arraigned March 13.

Stolen generator: A man who rented a $1,500 generator in April 2018 never returned it, police said, resulting in a theft charge placed March 10. Christopher Sparks, 31, had rented the generator from East Tenn Rent-Alls. A theft report was filed in July 2018 and police later obtained an arrest warrant. Sparks was jailed in the Detention Center under $350 bond and arraigned March 11.

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