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Two charged after Hawkins woman allegedly interrupts burglary

Jeff Bobo • Jul 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — Two Kingsport men who were allegedly caught red-handed burgling a woman’s home Saturday afternoon were arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count each of aggravated robbery.

The aggravated robbery charge stems from the woman allegedly being beaten with the handle of a gun during an ensuing altercation. 

Around 2:20 p.m. Saturday, the woman reportedly returned to her home on Wallen Town Road near Church Hill to find a white car parked in her driveway.

Moments later, a white male wearing a red bandanna, who she knew to be Christopher Jordan Tipton, reportedly exited her home and then ran back inside.

Then a black male she recognized as Richard Allen King Jr., also wearing a red bandanna, reportedly exited her basement door.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chad Britton stated in his report that Tipton, 21, and King, 20, both of 1000 Stonegate Drive, were both acquaintances of the woman’s daughter.

The woman told the HCSO that the white car contained multiple items that had been taken from her home.

A verbal confrontation then occurred between the woman and both males, during which time she was allegedly struck in the head with the handle of a gun by King.

Tipton and King then fled in the vehicle.

King was arrested at the intersection of Stone Drive and Fairview Avenue Sunday afternoon and allegedly admitted to being involved in the incident.

Tipton was arrested at his home Sunday evening and allegedly admitted to being involved in the incident.

Both were arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count each of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony punishable by 8-12 years if convicted.

As of Wednesday evening, both were being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $25,000 bond.

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