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Shot fired at motel, department store burglary and more crime reports from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Apr 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Shot fired at the Baymont: A Johnson City man fired a shot inside a motel room Monday as police checked on a report of threats involving weapons, police said in a news release. Cecil Eugene Rutledge III, 20, was charged with aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and felony vandalism. About 6:30 p.m., a 911 call led police to room 600 at the Baymont Inn, 2606 N. Roan St. A man told police he had been visiting two people in the room when Rutledge threatened him with two firearms. The victim left the room and called 911. Police said they tried to contact Rutledge and were met by a woman, who then shut the door and went to get Rutledge. Police heard a gunshot fired from inside the room, and they then secured the room and arrested Rutledge. They confiscated two firearms and found a bullet hole. Rutledge was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $50,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Domestic assault: Police charged Mack Cooke, 2859 Highland Grove Dr., with aggravated assault, vandalism and interference with emergency calls after a situation Monday at his residence. After a 911 call, the victim, who is related to Cooke, told police she had been physically assaulted and injured. She also told Mr. Cooke damaged her personal property and put her in fear of physical injury with a weapon. Cooke was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $20,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Driver forced out: A passenger forced the driver from a vehicle Sunday during a traffic stop and took the wheel before fleeing police, police said, resulting in his arrest on Monday. Troy A. Wilder, 36, 1303 N. Barton St., was charged with felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. Police later found him outside his residence. He was held in the Detention Center under $10,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Burglary at The Crossing: Police interrupted two men after they broke into a vacant store space Sunday and cut through an adjoining wall into another store in an attempt to steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, police said in a news release. About 5 a.m., police responded to a burglary alarm at Ross Dress for Less, 3211 Peoples St., where they saw two men inside the business. Bobby Thompson, 52, 120 W, Unaka Ave., and Benjamin Hyatt, 37, 904 Huffine Road, were arrested as they fled out the back of the building. Police said the pair had entered an adjoining vacant business of what once was Rugged Warehouse by prying a back door open. They then used tools to burst through an adjoining wall to gain access into Ross. They were in the process of taking thousands of dollars worth of merchandise back through the hole when officers arrived. Each was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft over $2,500. Hyatt was also charged with 16 counts of criminal simulation. Police said he had counterfeit currency in his wallet. Both were held in the Detention Center and arraigned Monday.

Wanted man: On Saturday, a shoplifting investigation led police to arrest a man wanted in Virginia. Adam Jessee, 32, 2700 W. Market St., Apt. 22, was charged with being a fugitive from justice. About 8:30 p.m., police went to the area of 2700 W. Market St. to look for a vehicle that had been involved in a previous shoplifting incident. The driver was Jessee, who was wanted in Washington County, Virginia. Jessee was held without bond and arraigned Monday.

Domestic assault and vandalism: Johnson City police on Saturday charged Valdare Johnson, 29, 902 E. Watauga Ave., with domestic aggravated assault, misdemeanor vandalism and resisting arrest. About 1:45 a.m., officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the victim’s residence. The woman told police Johnson had physically assaulted her with a knife and had vandalized her vehicle. She sustained minor injuries. Police found Johnson at his residence and arrested him, He was jailed in the Detention Center under $12,000 bond and arraigned Monday.

Stolen Audi: Police on Friday charged Andrew J. Coleman, 38, 404 E. Chestnut St., with theft/possession of stolen property over $10,000. About 12:40 p.m. at Coleman’s residence, police saw an Audi Q7 that had been reported stolen in Johnson City. Police said the investigation revealed that Coleman taken possession of the vehicle on April 11. He was arraigned Monday.

Evading arrest: A man who fled a Johnson City police traffic stop in March was arrested Thursday, having already been jailed on unrelated charges, police said. Brandon S. Brian, 29, 106 Terrace Court, was charged with evading arrest by motor vehicle, reckless driving, a light law violation and driving on a suspended license. On March 22, police attempted a traffic stop on West Market Street near Lammons Lane for a violation of the light law. Brian pulled the truck into a parking lot and stopped. As police approached, he sped away. Police learned he had a suspended driver’s license and they obtained a warrant. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office informed Johnson City police they had Brian in custody for unrelated charges. Brian was arraigned on Friday.

Smashed up motel room: Johnson City police said a Jonesborough man did extensive damage to a room at the 11-E Motel, 3518 W. Market St., resulting in his arrest on Thursday. Timothy Fellers, 51, 105 Springfield Lane, was charged him with felony vandalism. Police were called to the motel about 11:15 the night before and found Fellers on the property outside the hotel. An employee told police that as she conducting her rounds, she noticed that room 38 had the front window smashed out. Police said Fellers also had vandalized two mirrors, a television and a toilet in the same room. The total damage to the room was about $1,100. Fellers was held in the Detention Center under $1,000 bond and arraigned Thursday.

Meth arrest: Police on Thursday charged Christa Bailey, 27, with felony possession of methamphetamine. About 11 the night before, police stopped a vehicle that had an inoperable driver’s side headlight. During the investigation, a police dog alerted on the presence of drugs, resulting in search. Police said they found methamphetamine where Bailey had been seated. She was held in the Detention Center under $5,000 bond and arraigned later Thursday.

Crash arrest: A downtown Johnson City crash April 15 led police to arrest 67-year-old Alfred R. Moretz, 233 Pedro Shoun Lane, on charges of false reporting and driving on a revoked license. About 7:10 a.m., police went to South Boone and West Main streets to investigate the crash. Police said Moretz gave false statements about operating the vehicle, and a check of Moretz’s driving history showed his license had been revoked. He was held in the Detention Center under $1,000. A hearing was set for June 28 in Sessions Court.

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