KPD e-News Release: Homeless Man Arrested After Attacking Officer with Baseball Bat Near Hunger First

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Homeless Man Arrested After Attacking Officer with Baseball Bat Near Hunger First
DATE: August 25, 2020
CASE #: 20-018041
On August 23, 2020 at approximately 1:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Hunger First, located at 1100 Oak Street in Kingsport, in reference to a citizen complaint of a man, armed with a baseball bat, chasing another individual. Upon arrival, the first responding Officer located a homeless man, later identified as William S. Larkins, just past Hunger First on Myrtle Street. Mr. Larkins was creating a loud disturbance, yelling at some nearby residents in front of their home.

When Mr. Larkins saw the Officer, he raised a large wooden baseball bat over his head and advanced on him, shouting expletives. The Officer drew his service pistol and ordered Mr. Larkins to drop his weapon. Mr. Larkins briefly complied, threw the bat on the ground, and sat down on the sidewalk with his hands on his head; however, as Officers approached him, he balled up his fists, raised his arms, and again assumed a fighting stance.

Officers were eventually able to overcome his resistance and place him in handcuffs. Mr. Larkins initially identified himself to the Officers as Ralph W. Gue, although when his fingerprints came back to William S. Larkins, he acknowledged that Larkins is his legal name, but he also goes by the name Gue.

He was searched during intake at the Kingsport City Jail and was found to be in possession of a glass pipe, commonly associated with illicit drug use. Mr. Larkins has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

He has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where as of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains confined, in lieu of a $17,000 bond.

Name William S. Larkins

a.k.a. “Ralph W. Gue”

Age Date of Birth 1/11/1972

48 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Homeless

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault

2) Disorderly Conduct

3) Resisting Arrest

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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


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