|On February 28, 2016 a woman called the Kingsport Police Department to report an incident that had occurred the previous day at Hobby Lobby, located at 1905 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. She said that as she and her sister were shopping in the store, they noticed a man stalking them and using his cell phone to record them on video. In response, she took a picture of him using her cell phone and posted the man’s photo on social media, warning area women to be on the lookout for him.
This incident was forwarded to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation. By March 1, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department had received four similar complaints involving the same suspect. These additional complaints occurred at Hobby Lobby, Ulta Cosmetic Store (2626 East Stone Drive), and Wal-Mart (2500 West Stone Drive). All of the female victims reported that the suspect was continuously following them through the store as they shopped and photographing or recording them on video with his cell phone.
Detectives were soon able to identify the suspect as David Eric Lambert, with a warrant being promptly obtained for his arrest for six counts of Stalking. On March 3, 2016 at approximately 4:00 PM, Mr. Lambert was arrested on the outstanding warrant in Scott County, Virginia. He currently remains in the custody of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office awaiting extradition back to Kingsport.