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Stepsons assaulted, Walmart burglary charges and more in Johnson City crime

Johnson City Press • Updated May 12, 2020 at 9:26 AM

Walmart burglary charges: Johnson City police charged two women with burglary over the weekend after shoplifting reports from the Browns Mill Road Walmart. On Saturday, police arrested Candice Hollifield Ayala, 34, 246 Justice Road, Marion, North Carolina. Police said she stole a backpack worth $24.88. She was reportedly observed on video surveillance swapping a price tag, which she scanned in place of the backpack. While exiting the store, Ayala was detained at the front vestibule and escorted to the loss prevention office. Police said she previously had been banned from Walmart. On Sunday, police arrested Casey M. Chambers, 32, 2855 Tenn. Highway 91, Elizabethton. Police said she took various merchandise and exited the store without paying. Chambers had signed a trespassing notice at Walmart on June 5, 2018, and had been convicted of shoplifting at Walmart in Washington County Sessions Court on June 12, 2018. Each woman was charged with burglary and shoplifting under $1,000. They were held in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,000 bond each awaiting Sessions Court appearances set for Monday.

Mobile home assault/fugitive: Police on Sunday charged a Johnson City man with aggravated domestic assault. Police said they had been called to 2701 S. Roan St., No. 70, regarding a domestic disturbance about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The victim told police Jose L. Cordero, 33, 182 Warrior Lane, had been at the mobile home and threatened to stab the victim with a knife and inflict other serious bodily harm. About 3 a.m. Sunday, Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Cordero on the Milligan Highway, where Johnson City police took him into custody. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday. During the same call Saturday, police found that a resident of the mobile home was wanted in Ohio. Joseph D. Meek, 22, was charged with being a fugitive from justice. Police said Meek had an active warrant in Ohio for violation of parole resulting from an original charge of burglary with full extradition. He was held in the Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing set for Monday.

Stabbing attempt in vehicle: Johnson City police Friday charged Teddy M. Hyatt, 37, 243 White Cove Road, Unicoi, with aggravated domestic assault. About 10 p.m., police went to the area of University Parkway and Interstate 26, where a woman told police she had stopped and had run away from her vehicle after Hyatt had tried to stab her with a knife. Police said Hyatt then fled in the woman’s vehicle. Police soon found the vehicle and arrested Hyatt. He was held in the Detention Center on $20,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Stepsons assaulted: Johnson City police on Thursday charged Mumit Q. Williams, 39, 607 Jackson Ave., with aggravated domestic assault and two counts of simple domestic assault involving three minors. Police said they were called to Williams’ address, where they learned Williams had become angry at his family and assaulted his two minor stepsons and another minor. One minor was rendered unconscious and required medical treatment. The other two had minor injuries. Williams left the residence after making threats to return with a firearm. Police found him unarmed a short distance away and arrested him. Williams held in the Detention Center without bond and arraigned Friday in Sessions Court.

DUI charge on I-26: Police on Thursday charged Hollie B. Johnson, 39, 305 Hallbrook Road, Gray, with driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law and introduction of contraband into a penal facility. About 2:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 26. Police found the vehicle and made contact with Johnson at Plaza Wine and Spirits in Gray. Police said she became uncooperative and refused to submit to any field sobriety tests, which led to a driving under the influence charge. After Johnson was at the Detention Center, she dropped a Kleenex holding two prescription drugs believed to be Klonopin and Ambien. She was jailed on $5,000 bond and arraigned Friday.

Stolen vehicle: Johnson City police on Thursday charged James Mears, 43, 408 S. High St., Tullahoma, with possession of a stolen vehicle. About 11:50 p.m., police went to the area of the Park and Stay Inn, 3406 W. Market St., and found a truck known to be stolen. Police said they saw Mears exiting the vehicle in the motel parking lot. He was held in the Detention Center on $1,500 bond and arraigned Friday in Sessions Court.

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