Police: Joyrider arrested

Becky Campbell • Jan 14, 2020 at 6:44 PM

A Johnson City man accused of joyriding in his neighbor’s pickup truck, then pulling a gun after they had an argument, was arrested Sunday on assault and other charges.

James M. Edwards, 25, 304 Central St., was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, and joyriding.

According to court records, Edwards was seen by a friend of the truck’s owner driving the vehicle. The friend called the victim, who was in Virginia at the time, to tell him about what he had seen. Neither the victim nor his friend were identified in the court record.

In the meantime, the victim’s friend drove to the victim’s house and saw that the truck was parked in the driveway. He also later told police the victim’s front door was open and Edwards threw the keys into the house, then ran home.

When the victim arrived, he and his friend inspected his vehicle for any damage. While they were looking at the truck, Edwards came out of his house, and the three ended up in an argument. During the argument, Edwards allegedly ran into his home and got two handguns.

Another neighbor saw what was happening and called 911. Both victims told police they felt threatened by Edwards.

By the time police arrived, Edwards had returned the guns to his home and admitted to police he hid them in the clothes dryer. He also told police that he routinely drove the victim’s truck and on that day had driven to the bank to cash a check.

Edwards was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Washington County General Sessions Court. He has another court date later this month. He is free on bond while the charges are pending.