City police wrap up rape case, others, with arrests

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

   Elizabethton Police Department closed out five cases Monday stemming from events ranging from August 2001 through March 13 of this year.
   A 32-year-old Elizabethton man was arrested Monday by Ptl. Brook Mullins on a felony warrant charging him with the rape of a 15-year-old female which allegedly occurred Oct. 11 at Pine Ridge Circle while the girl was baby-sitting for a friend.
   According to the incident report filed by Ptl. Jesus Pena, the teen, her friend and her friend's boyfriend, along with his friend, Pedo A. Diaz, 302 S. Sycamore St., all were at the residence. The juvenile said that during the evening, Diaz kept trying to make advances toward her and she kept telling him, "No." Sometime after 9 p.m., she went to bed alone; the couple went to sleep in the next room over; and Diaz went to sleep on a downstairs couch.
   After she went to sleep, the juvenile said, Diaz came to her room and she tried to fight him off but was unable to keep him from forcibly raping her. The girl had marks and a bite on her chest and her right eye was swollen from where Diaz reportedly hit her. She was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital the next day by her grandmother for an examination. Police were unable to locate Diaz at the time.
   * Ptl. Mullins also served a felony warrant Monday on Michael Rowe, 19, 1514 E. Chilhowie Ave., Johnson City, charging him with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery following a March incident at the home of Jamie Elaine Duncan, 21, 1484 Milligan Hwy., Johnson City.
   Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry was advised of an armed robbery at Duncan's home around 3:30 a.m. March 13. Duncan told the officer that a male subject who was known to her had called several times asking questions about who was with her and where her son was. About 10 minutes after the last call, Duncan heard someone knock at her door and looked out the peephole but found it covered. She opened the door but kept her foot on it to keep it from opening all the way. Duncan advised that a male subject was outside and another male subject stepped in front of the door, stuck his arm inside, and the two men pushed the door open. Three subjects in all entered the residence. Duncan said one of the men, later identified as Rowe, brandished a pistol in his right hand and asked her where her money was. He then went to a drawer where Duncan kept her money, without being told where it was, and took $400 in cash and a cell phone valued at $100.
   Rowe was served the warrant at Washington County Detention Center where he is currently serving time for violation of probation.
   * Christopher Lee Jones, 23, of Jonesborough, also now serving time at the detention center, was served a felony warrant Monday by Ptl. Mullins charging him with a December theft.
   According to Sgt. Charles Moreland, Jackie Oliver, 55, 615 Parkway Blvd., reported Dec. 21 that he and his girlfriend had gone to bed and had left three subjects in the living room, identified as Jones, Jason Ashby, 25, and Jerry Ashby, 24, all of 447 Summit Drive.
   Oliver said he heard a noise which woke him up and when he went to see what it was, found all three men gone along with a 5 gallon water jug containing approximately $8,000 in quarters.
   Investigation by Detective Greg Workman led to the arrest of Jones and Jerry Ashby. A criminal summons was issued for Jason Ashby.
   * Ptl. Mullins also served a warrant Monday on Deborah Ann Greenwell, 36, 1538 Hwy. 91, following investigation by Detective Workman into the Oct. 7 theft of a 1976 Dodge Ram Charger and an assortment of construction tools belonging to Kevin M. Lipford, 216 Lovers Lane.
   Investigation led to the development of two suspects: Greenwell and Hubert Randall Rabon of Lexington County, S.C., who were later seen driving the stolen vehicle in South Carolina, where it was recovered.
   Warrants were issued charging Rabon and Greenwell with motor vehicle theft.
   * Also arrested Monday was Charles G. McConnell, 24, 113 Church St., following investigation by Detective Workman into a forged prescription.
   Ptl. Mayberry responded Aug. 26 to CVS Pharmacy on West Elk Avenue regarding a subject, later identified as McConnell, attempting to pass an altered prescription. The pharmacist told the officer that the prescription was for eight Anaprox, which had been changed to 28; and six 5 mg Loritab, which had been changed to 60.
   Officers attempted to locate McConnell on two occasions at his residence, but were unable to. McConnell went to the Carter County Sheriff's Department Monday, where the warrant was served.