Johnson City Press: UPDATE: Police add charges to man accused of stalking, indecent exposure
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UPDATE: Police add charges to man accused of stalking, indecent exposure

Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 27, 2019 at 6:28 PM

A Washington County General Sessions judge released a man on bond monitoring Thursday during an arraignment on stalking, indecent exposure and attempted kidnapping charges.

Assistant District Attorney General Bill McManus added more charges against the man and asked Judge James Nidiffer to set bond for Jacob Valentine between $10,000 and $20,000. Nidiffer kept Valentine’s bond at $3,500 and put him on bond monitoring, which is a form of supervision similar to probation.

Valentine’s initial charges were indecent exposure, stalking, harassment and simple assault. Prosecutors added attempted kidnapping and reckless endangerment charges during the arraignment. Even with the increased charges, McManus’ motion for a higher bond was denied.

Valentine was arrested by Johnson City police Wednesday after officers saw a blue pickup truck matching the description of one caught on a traffic camera allegedly seen following a woman in the Tree Streets area.

At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, report was filed from the area of West Maple and Buffalo streets, where a victim told police a man followed her, harassed her and tried to coax her into his truck as she was walking on the sidewalk. She fled the area and returned when she believed the man was gone. The man again followed her, spoke vulgarly to her and tried again to coax her into the truck. She fled again and the man got out of his truck and chased after her. She was able to hide behind houses and garbage cans until he eventually left the area.

The woman went to a safer location and called 911, according to court documents. Her description of the man and the truck matched those from a previous case, police said.

That incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on June 15 near two schools. Police were called to 750 Liberty Bell Blvd., where a victim reported that a man had spoken vulgarly and had exposed himself to her. The address is adjacent to Science Hill High School and the Liberty Bell athletic complex.

On Wednesday, police spotted a truck and man, later identified as Valentine, matching the descriptions provided by both victims.

Police said they interviewed the man and obtained a warrant for his arrest based on the June 15 situation. He was taken to police headquarters, where police interviewed him again. He was then charged from Tuesday’s incident.

Charges included indecent exposure, stalking, harassment and simple assault. He was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.

Police asked that any witnesses or potential additional victims contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166.

Previously reported:

Johnson City police were looking Thursday for witnesses or possible victims linked to indecent exposure and stalking accusations that led them to arrest a Jonesborough man.

About 5:30 p.m. on June 15, police were called to 750 Liberty Bell Blvd., where a female reported that a man had spoken vulgarly and had exposed himself to her. The address is next to Science Hill High School and the Liberty Bell athletic complex.

About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a second report occurred in the area of West Maple and Buffalo streets, where a female told police a man had followed her, harassed her and tried to coax her into his truck as she was walking on the sidewalk. She fled the area and returned when she believed the man was gone.

The man again followed her, according to a police press release, spoke vulgarly to her and tried again to coax her into the truck. She fled again. Her description of the man and the truck matched those from the previous case, police said.

On Wednesday, police spotted a truck and man matching the descriptions provided by both females. They identified him as 22-year-old Jacob Valentine.

Police said they interviewed the man and obtained a warrant for his arrest based on the June 15 report. He was taken to police headquarters, where police interviewed him again. He was then charged based on the Tuesday report.

Charges included indecent exposure, stalking, harassment and simple assault. He was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.

Police asked that any witnesses or potential additional victims contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166.

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