KPD e-News Release: Suspect Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery (Update: Suspect in Custody)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Suspect Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery (Update: Suspect in Custody)
DATE: October 16, 2021
CASE #: 21-021448
Update: On October 15, 2021 Daniel J. Rhoton was arrested by law enforcement officials in a neighboring jurisdiction on unrelated charges. He was subsequently served with the K.P.D. warrant for Aggravated Robbery while already in custody.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Rhoton remains confined in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

As previously released:

On October 14, 2021, shortly after 3:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a robbery at the Shell gas station and convenience store, located at 120 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Their investigation revealed the following:

Moments earlier, a suspect, since identified as Daniel J. Rhoton, entered the store, intimidated the clerk with threats of a gun, and demanded all of the money. Mr. Rhoton fled the scene shortly thereafter with some merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Rhoton with Aggravated Robbery. Due to the threats he made of having a gun, he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be traveling in a maroon 1996 Honda Accord.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

Name Daniel J. Rhoton
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White


5 feet 9 inches

172 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)


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