The incidents took place between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. in parking spaces in front of Target, Michael’s and Kohl’s. The women’s accounts were basically the same: another vehicle with a man in the driver’s seat was parked beside their vehicle.
The man was looking at his phone and masturbating, each woman told police. They described him as Caucasian, in his mid-40s, heavyset with a pudgy face and dark hair. The man was driving a dark gray Kia Soul without a license plate.
One woman immediately got in her car and called police, the second went into Target and informed loss prevention, while the third — a Kohl’s employee — got in her car to compose herself. Two of the women are in their early 20s; the third in her late 40s.
Police searched the immediate area but could not locate the vehicle.
YOUR MONEY’S NO GOOD
A 30-year-old man flagged down a Kingsport police officer on Falling Leaf Drive shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, telling the officer he’d just been given a counterfeit $100 bill.
The man had just met a woman in the parking lot of Ingles to sell her a video doorbell, a deal that came about through the mobile selling app Letgo. The woman paid the man $140 for the doorbell, but apparently the $100 bill was counterfeit.
According to the incident report, the woman was older, overweight with short gray hair, driving a blue, older model Caprice Classic. The officer placed the bill into evidence and the case is still open for investigation.
PEPPER SPRAY ARGUMENT
A KPD officer responded to a trailer park on Carters Valley Road Friday evening at the request of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department. A young woman told police she and her boyfriend had gotten into a verbal argument near the Murphy gas station on Fort Henry Drive and that the boyfriend had sprayed her with pepper spray and left.
According to the incident report, the woman did not show any signs of being sprayed or assaulted and when asked to provide a written statement, the woman refused. The woman said she had been to prison in the past and did not want to get anybody else in trouble.
HOUSE RENTAL SWINDLE
A woman visited the KPD Saturday afternoon to claim she had been swindled through a Craigslist ad. According to the incident report, the woman said she responded to an ad about a home for rent on Briarwood Road.
The alleged owner of the home told the woman he was traveling and that she should Moneygram him cash to secure the rental deal, after which he would send her the key to the house. After the woman sent the money, she soon realized the number was no longer in service and that the cash was sent to an unknown location in Texas. Eventually, the woman learned that the house is actually managed by a Kingsport real estate company.
PHONE SWIPING RIGHT
When a Kingsport Carousel employee placed his cell phone on the counter for a few minutes Saturday afternoon, little did he know someone would take a liking to it. According to an incident report, the employee put his iPhone 8+ down for a moment as he tended to his duties.
Video surveillance showed a white male, possibly in the his early 30s, walking up to the counter, looking to see if anyone was watching, and grabbing the phone. Police say the suspect initially arrived with a young woman and a teenage girl. The phone was currently turned off and could not be located using the “Find my iPhone” feature.
COMPLETE DUMPSTER FIRE
Police responded to King’s View Apartments shortly after midnight on Sunday in reference to a Dumpster being on fire. When the Kingsport Fire Department arrived and began putting out the blaze, a resident came out of an apartment with a fire extinguisher to help.
The next day, the manager of the apartment complex called police to let them know she had video surveillance of the incident that identified the helpful resident as the person who initially set the fire. According to the incident report, the video shows the resident lighting an object, throwing it into the Dumpster and then leaving.
Further surveillance shows the resident returning, lighting another object and placing it on the other side of the Dumpster. The manager told police the man left the apartments with another man in a truck, saying he was going to stay with his brother for a few days.