Sullivan Co. deputies arrest suspect in two armed robberies

James Smith

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged a man on robbery, assault and vandalism charges, after responding to a report of an attempted robbery Wednesday.

According to a SCSO news release, deputies responded to the call on Bell Ridge Drive in Kingsport, where two residents said they had just returned home when a man stepped out of a white SUV, approached one of the residents armed with a bat and demand the person’s wallet.

The second resident came out of the home and tried to take the bat from the man, but the man jumped in his vehicle and tried to tried.

The man reportedly ran over two wishing wells in the yard of the home, which caused his vehicle to get stuck.

According to the release, the man then got out of the vehicle and apologized to the victims and asked them to not call police.

The man was identified as James Smith, 25, of Kingsport, and was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault and vandalism.

Smith was also identified as the suspect in a robbery Saturday afternoon on Lenoir Road in Kingsport.

According to the release, a man said he came into contact with Smith at Trader’s Village while he was shopping for tools.

Smith had walked up to the man, asked him what he was looking for and said he could ride with him to get the specific tool.

The victim said Smith backed into a driveway in the 500 block of Lenoir Road, pointed a gun at the man and demanded money from his wallet.

Smith then told the man to get out of the vehicle. The man reportedly walked back to Trader’s Village and called 911.

According to the release, Smith was charged with aggravated robbery and theft over $500 in that incident.

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