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Suspects arraigned

Two persons wanted for aggravated kidnapping in Johnson County apprehended

By Tamas Mondovics

The search for the two suspects Willie Davis, Jr., 41, and Jennifer Jenkins, 42, of Sullivan County, involved with last month’s armed robbery in Johnson County ended last week following a pursuit assisted by deputies from Sullivan County.
The news of an armed robbery on Cold Springs Road residence just north of Mountain City, TN on the morning of Friday, December 28, 2018, alarmed the community and prompted a search led by local law enforcement.
Deputies from Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and officers and investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the two suspects, on the evening, January 1, 2019.
The couple’s vehicle was first spotted on Walnut Hill Road in Bristol at the end of the day of the robbery. A pursuit was initiated; however, both of the suspects got out of the vehicle and took off on foot.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reported that thanks to a tip from a resident on the following day Davis Jr. and Jenkins were found to be on Big Hollow Rd. The couple was in a camper on the property. After a brief standoff and a fire of a camper, both subjects were then arrested without further incident or any injuries. Johnson County Sheriff’s Department transported the couple from the scene to Johnson County.
The Sullivan County and Avoca Volunteer Fire Departments reportedly responded to the scene to extinguish the fire.
“We would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriffs Office for their time, efforts and assistance in the apprehension of these two subjects,” said JC Sheriff Eddie tester. All deputies involved did an excellent job.
While the incident shook up the community, Tester was pleased with the speedy closure of the case. “Catching the suspects was a nice way to start the New Year,” he said.
Both subjects are facing multiple charges with more charges pending and were arraigned on Wednesday morning, January 2, 2019, in Johnson County.
Preliminary information indicated that the duo went to the victims’ residence on Cold Springs Road and after a brief conversation they have forced their way into the home.
The victim was then locked inside another room of the home, but was eventually able to escape and flee to a residence close by to call for assistance, deputies said.
The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries.
Davis and Jenkins are also charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and false reporting.