|A man is currently wanted on a Sullivan County Criminal Court Capias for Felony Failure to Appear on Aggravated Kidnapping and Robbery charges stemming from a 2016 incident in Kingsport.
On May 8, 2016 at approximately 2:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the rear parking lot of the Hog Wild Saloon, located at 1009 West Stone Drive, to investigate a report of a fight.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Christion “Blake” Rhodes (uncommon spelling of first name is correct) and two accomplices attacked two male adult victims, held them against their will, assaulted them, and stole their belongings. One of the victims was held down on the ground and severely beaten in the head before being robbed of his iPhone and wallet.
Mr. Rhodes and one of his accomplices were eventually identified and arrested on charges of Assault and Theft of Property with Mr. Rhodes eventually posting bond to secure his release. Those charges were later amended/upgraded to Aggravated Kidnapping (2 counts) and Robbery by the Office of the Sullivan County District Attorney General.
The case was eventually bound over to Sullivan County Criminal Court; however, Mr. Rhodes failed to appear. A Criminal Court Capias for Felony Failure to Appear has been issued for his arrest. As of the issuance of this news release, he remains wanted and at large.
An array of photographs of Mr. Rhodes has been included with this release. He is a 20 year old white male adult, standing 5 feet 11 inches in height and weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who may know his current whereabouts is asked to promptly contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111. While the original charges were brought by the Kingsport Police Department, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office may also be contacted regarding his whereabouts as they hold the current capias.
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