|On October 28, 2015 at approximately 3:45 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to an attempted home invasion robbery that had just occurred at Lee Apartments #104, located at 650 East Sevier Avenue in Kingsport. The resident told responding officers that he heard a loud knock at the back door. When he opened the door he encountered what appeared to be several suspects armed with firearms.
One suspect, who had a bandana covering his face, pointed a gun at the resident. The resident attempted to slam the door; however, one of the firearms got wedged in the doorway. The suspects eventually pulled the weapon free and fled the scene, with the resident promptly calling 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Approximately 50 minutes later, Officers were called back to Lee Apartments, but this time to apartment #111. Two residents reported that they were entering their apartment when they were approached from behind by a black male suspect, known to them to be Xavier L. “J.B.” Anderson, and an unknown white male suspect. Both suspects were armed with what appeared to be firearms and forced their way into the apartment.
The suspects demanded money and struck one of the residents in the face and arm with their weapons. The residents noticed that the two suspects in their apartment were communicating with several additional suspects standing in the doorway of the residence. One of the victims was eventually able to call 9-1-1. When the suspects discovered this, they immediately fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division was summoned and began a lengthy investigation into both incidents. Mr. Anderson was eventually located at approximately 12:45 PM at Cloud Apartments #79, located at 1201 Reedy Place, and taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with Especially Aggravated Robbery, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Aggravated Burglary. He is currently incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment.
The investigation into both incidents is ongoing by the Criminal Investigation Division in an attempt to determine the identities of the additional suspects. Anyone who may have any information which may assist Detectives with this investigation is asked to contact them at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.
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