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After alleged carjacking and standoff, Johnson City man awaits preliminary hearing set for Feb. 12

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 7:55 PM

A Johnson City man’s preliminary hearing on charges related to a recent carjacking and a three-hour standoff with law enforcement was reset Tuesday to Feb. 12.

Cory Cox, whose last known address was 2223 Signal Drive, was charged with carjacking, felony reckless endangerment, reckless driving, felony evading arrest and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after police said he forced a woman at gunpoint out of a stolen Chevrolet Impala on West State of Franklin Road a week before a Feb. 2 standoff with officers at a Johnson City mobile home park.

When officers tried to stop the vehicle Cox was driving in late January, a woman acquaintance reportedly tried to step out of the passenger side before Cox sped away and knocked her onto the road.

The woman, who picked up Cox prior to the attempted traffic stop, later told officers he forced her out of the vehicle using a handgun. Police said he then drove recklessly down State of Franklin Road before turning onto Interstate 26 heading toward Kingsport. Due to safety reasons, law enforcement discontinued the chase.

Kingsport police later found the Impala at 152 Gravely Road, Kingsport. Washington County sheriff’s deputies also found a black BMW Cox drove in the Windy Hill Road area of Washington County that day.

When law enforcement received an anonymous tip that Cox was at McKinley Mobile Home Park on Feb. 2, a Johnson City Police Department hostage negotiator talked to Cox in hopes of getting him to come out of the mobile home. He did not respond, and a standoff involving dozens of officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Johnson City Police Department began.

Five or six mobile homes in the neighborhood were evacuated as the standoff unfolded. Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois said Cox never responded to officers’ orders to step out of the trailer.

Eventually, Cox was flushed out of the home after officers fired chemical grenades into the residence. He was then arrested and set to appear in Sessions Court Monday before his preliminary hearing was reset Tuesday.

Judge Robert Lincoln granted Cox six more days to consult with his attorneys.

Tennessee’s Felony Offender Information website lists Cox with an inactive status on a sentence that ended April 16. The Tennessee Highway Patrol also has pending charges against Cox.

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