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Kingsport man charged with carjacking elderly newspaper carrier

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Dec 6, 2018 at 12:37 PM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man was accused of pulling a 75-year-old newspaper carrier from his van at a gas station, throwing him to the ground and fleeing in the vehicle in October, resulting in a recent arrest.

On Wednesday, Matthew L. Serpas, 34, was booked into the Kingsport city jail. He's charged with carjacking in the Oct. 28 incident at Zoomerz, 2306 Sullivan Gardens Parkway.

According to a Kingsport Police Department report, the victim was preparing to begin his newspaper route for the Kingsport Times News shortly after 4 a.m. He had stopped to get a drink at the convenience store, but before he could exit his 2003 Chevrolet Venture, an unknown man opened his door.

The carrier was reportedly pulled from his vehicle and thrown to the ground. Serpas hopped behind the wheel and drove away, briefly stopping to secure a rear hatch that opened and dumped bundles of papers on the road, police said. For more about the carjacking allegations, visit the Kingsport Times News.

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