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Manhunt ends with arrest of Johnson County Rape suspect

By Tamas Mondovics

After an intense search, a man wanted on multiple counts of aggravated rape in Johnson County was arrested last Friday, April 26, in Sullivan County, according to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Johnson County Sheriff, Eddie Tester, said that upon his arrest and transport back to Johnson County, John Ross Gray was accused of holding a woman hostage and sexually assaulting her. Gray was wanted on seven counts of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Elizabethton Police Department, and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office assisted Johnson County in the investigation.
Sheriff Tester “would like to thank all agencies who assisted in this Investigation.”According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies began a search for Gray as the result of the incident that involved the female victim whose name is not being released.
Investigators said that over “a period of time” Gray held the victim against her will and raped her multiple times before fleeing the area on foot on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Aircraft was quickly called in and utilized in the search for Gray, who was able to elude deputies for nearly 30 hours resulting in the search that lasted until the evening hours the following day.
Gray reportedly has ties to Carter County Tennessee as well. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Carter County Law Enforcement assisted in the Investigation.
For more information please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office 423-727-7761.