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UPDATE: Two arrested in home invasions in Unicoi and Johnson City

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Nov 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Two Knoxville area men were charged with multiple felonies in Johnson City and Unicoi County Monday following a series of events that began with an alleged home invasion and armed kidnapping in a section of Johnson City located inside Unicoi County.

According to reports from the Johnson City Police Department, officers were called to 1506 Bell Ridge Road Monday morning about a possible armed robbery.

Investigator Corey Shoun reported, “The victims at the residence reported a black male wearing a covering over his face and all black clothing had entered the home, brandished a gun and demanded to know the whereabouts of ‘the money’ and their son/grandson.”

“The black male suspect then pointed the gun at the male victim and told him to raise his shirt before fleeing out the front door and taking another victim’s 2008 white Chevrolet Suburban valued at approximately $11,000.”

According to Shoun, the armed man and a white man, who was also wearing a covering over his face and dark clothing, got out of the vehicle at Bell Ridge and King Springs Road and fled on foot.

Police dogs were brought in to search the area and after a brief foot chase officers arrested William Smith, 37, 1015 Knoxville College Drive, Knoxville, and Kevin Dockery, 21, 200 Hemlock St., Alcoa, in the vicinity of Miami Drive and Orlando Street.

During the search and subsequent arrest, the victim of the auto theft called 911 and told the operator the incident had begun a short time earlier as an aggravated burglary and kidnapping at his home at another Johnson City address that is located inside Unicoi County.

Shoun said the victim told a 911 the men, who were later identified Smith and Dockery, entered his home without his knowledge, struck him in the back of the head with an object, tied him up and demanded money. The men then forced him to drive the Suburban to his grandparents’ house to look for more money.

According to warrants for Dockery and Smith filed by Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to the home of Dustin Trondell Long, 35, 110 Meadowstone Drive, following a report or an armed robbery and kidnapping relayed to their department by Washington County 911 dispatchers.

Arnold reported he and another officer responded to the address after receiving information that at least eight people were inside the home and two of them had guns.

Upon arriving, Arnold said he and the other office found no one at the home, although an upstairs door had been kicked in and the home had obviously been ransacked.

Arnold said he was later advised Johnson City officers had arrested the two men and also recovered a large amount of drugs and cash.

According to the Unicoi County warrants, Long told Shoun he had gave the men $700 in cash after which they forced him to drive the Suburban while they sat in the back seat with guns pointed at his head.

When the men left Long’s home, Arnold said they were carrying a large bag and red suitcase containing a PlayStation 4 and other items taken the home valued at more than $1,000.

According to Arnold, Long told Shoun the men allowed him to go inside the Bell Meade Road address alone, telling him not to try anything because they had his girlfriend.

Once inside the home, Long ran out the back door and to a neighbor’s home where he called 911.

Both men are charged in Unicoi County with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping and both are expected to be arraigned today (Wednesday) in Unicoi County Sessions Court.

In Washington County, Smith was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, auto theft over $10,000, possession of schedule II drugs and evading arrest and Dockery was charged with auto theft over $10,000 and evading arrest.

The men were arraigned on the Washington County charges Tuesday in Sessions Court and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 22.

Smith was being held in the Washington County jail under $100,000 bond and Dockery was jailed under $11,000 bond in Washington County.

 

 

 

Reported Earlier:

Two Knoxville area men were arrested Monday after a series of events that began with reports of a home invasion and kidnapping in Unicoi County and ended with a chase in Johnson City, police said in a news release.

Johnson City police were called to 1506 Bell Ridge Road about a robbery and searched the area for two men who had fled in the victim’s vehicle and then on foot.

Police brought in police dogs in searching the area of Bell Ridge and King Springs Road, and after a brief foot chase, they arrested William Smith, 37, 1015 Knoxville College Drive, Knoxville, and Kevin Dockery, 21, 200 Hemlock St., Alcoa.

During the investigation, police learned the events actually began in Unicoi County as a possible home invasion and kidnapping.

Both men were jailed in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Sessions Court. Smith was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft over $10,000, possession of schedule II narcotics for resale and evading arrest. He was held on $100,000 bond. Dockery was charged with motor vehicle theft over $10,000 and evading arrest. His bond was set at $11,000.

Johnson City police said Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department detectives were investigating the alleged offenses that occurred in that jurisdiction.

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