KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Investigating Pepper Spray Robbery

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Investigating Pepper Spray Robbery
DATE: December 14, 2015
CASE #: 15-027042
On December 14, 2015 just after 12:00 PM a woman in her late sixties was returning home to her residence in the 100 block of Tennessee Street in Kingsport. She pulled her vehicle into her driveway off the alley that runs behind her residence in the vicinity of the Salvation Army.

As she opened her door to exit her vehicle she was immediately sprayed with pepper spray, mace, or some other aerosol irritant. The suspect then began fighting her for her purse which was slung over her shoulder, and he was eventually able to wrestle it away from her.

The suspect then fled in what was believed to be a silver Dodge Stratus 4-door sedan. The suspect was described as a tall, slim, black male in his early twenties, wearing dark colored clothing including a dark colored baseball cap. He is believed to possibly be in the company of a white female with blonde hair.

Prior to the incident, the victim had just had her prescription medication filled at an area pharmacy. Detectives are exploring the possibility that she may have been specifically targeted for this reason. Along with her medication, her purse also contained her cell phone, debit card, driver license, keys, and some cash.

The silver Dodge Stratus was captured on surveillance video while speeding away from the incident. Photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. Two clips of the actual video have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

Anyone who recognizes this vehicle and may know the identity of the owner and or operator that may be a suspect in this case is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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