|On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2016 at approximately 8:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to the USA Mart, located at 1571 North Eastman Road in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:
A black male suspect had entered the store wielding a pair of scissors, grabbed the female clerk, threatened to stab her, and demanded that she open the register. The suspect eventually used the scissors to pry open the register and fled the store with several packs of cigarettes and an unspecified amount of cash.
Later that same day, on December 31, 2016 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a second armed robbery, this time at Zoomerz, located at 3717 Memorial Boulevard. The ensuing investigation determined the following:
A black male suspect had entered the store armed with a utility knife and demanded cash. In fear, the female clerk handed over an unspecified amount of cash. The suspect grabbed several packs of cigarettes but then ordered the clerk to go into the back of the store.
The suspect briefly looked away, allowing the clerk the split-second opportunity to retrieve a hidden baseball bat and strike the suspect in clearly justifiable self-defense. The suspect dropped the utility knife and the cigarettes, but was able to flee the scene with the cash.
During the course of the investigation, Detectives determined that the suspect in both robberies was in fact the same individual. He was soon positively identified as Patrick J. Maxwell, with a warrant being obtained for his arrest, charging him with two counts of Aggravated Robbery.
The following evening, on January 1, 2017 at approximately 10:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers caught up with Mr. Maxwell at Holston Valley Medical Center, located at 130 West Ravine Road. He had arrived at the hospital seeking treatment for a potentially broken arm believed to have been sustained during the second robbery.
Following medical treatment by hospital personnel, Mr. Maxwell was discharged into the custody of the Kingsport Police Department and promptly arrested. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he remains confined, awaiting arraignment, in lieu of a $30,000 bond as set by the presiding judge.