Wanted Tri-Cities couple captured after giving false name at the ER

WASHINGTON CO., VA / SULLIVAN CO., TN (WJHL) – Wanted suspects connected to several theft cases in the Tri-Cities were captured Thursday night in Southwest Virginia.

Sheriff Fred Newman, of the Washington County, VA Sheriff’s Office, told News Channel 11 his office received word Thursday evening that a person tried to register under a false name in the emergency room of Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Washington County, VA deputies and the U.S. Marshals responded and arrested Jeffrey Hammonds at the hospital.

Hammonds and Jones
Jeffrey Hammonds and Amber Jones (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office)

During his arrest, deputies say Amber Jones, 27, of Bristol, TN left the scene in a stolen white Chevy pickup. According to deputies, she crashed the truck a short time later at the intersection of U.S. Route 58 and U.S. Route 11. Personnel transported Jones to the hospital with minor injuries, according to a release.

After her release from the hospital, Jones was charged with being a fugitive from Justice from Sullivan County, TN.

Hammonds, of Bristol, TN, was charged with multiple charges from Sullivan County, four counts of aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of stolen vehicle, along with other felonies from Sullivan County. Hammonds was also charged by being a fugitive from justice by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies.

Jones currently has an outstanding warrant for violation of probation, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Hammonds and Jones are currently held without bond. The duo are suspects in several vehicle thefts and burglaries. Additional charges may be pending for both suspects in connection to other crime investigations currently underway.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says Hammonds and Jones are suspects in three separate motor vehicle thefts within the county.

SCSO reports two of those vehicles were found by Johnson City Police earlier this week. A third was located by Washington County, VA authorities.

The duo are also suspects in a burglary that occurred at Discount Tobacco in Piney Flats, Monday morning. They are also the suspects in other theft cases within the county – all of which remain under investigation.

Earlier this week, Sullivan County deputies attempted to arrest Hammonds and Jones at a home on Vance Tank Road in Bristol.

Monday evening, officers said they spotted the two getting into a stolen vehicle.

Detectives attempted to stop the vehicle. During the pursuit, detectives say Hammonds drove the vehicle towards a deputy’s car. The deputy, according to a release, had to maneuver has car out of the way to avoid harm.

Deputies say the suspects continued to travel down Vance Tank Road toward Weaver pike in a ‘reckless manner’.

The pursuit ended a short time after that.

Thursday morning, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, received a report of an assault in a mobile home park on Mountain View Road in Piney Flats.

The victim told offices she arrived home and saw her half-sister, Amber Jones, walking through the mobile home park. The victim approached Amber and tried to talk with her. The victim told deputies, Jeffery Hammonds pulled up in a truck and demanded that Amber get inside the vehicle. When she did not do so immediately Hammonds forced her into the vehicle, then accelerated and drove toward the victim before leaving the scene.

Then about an hour later, the SCSO received a call from an apartment on Poplar Ridge Road in Piney Flats. The victim stated that she heard a vehicle outside and when she opened the door Jeffery Hammonds was standing there with a gun pointed at her. At the time of the incident the victim was holding her 2-month-old grandson. The victim slammed the door, locked it and called 911. Hammonds was gone by the time officers arrived.

Detectives received a tip Thursday evening that Hammonds and Jones may be in Abingdon, VA.

As noted earlier, WCSO deputies located the couple and took them into custody.

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