KPD e-News Release: Burglary Suspect Faces Charges after Tornado Levels His Home to Reveal Stolen Property

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Burglary Suspect Faces Charges after Tornado Levels His Home to Reveal Stolen Property
DATE: July 29, 2014
Kingsport Police Detectives have identified a suspect in two recent burglaries after a tornado leveled the suspect’s residence to reveal stolen property concealed within. Jerrod L. Christian faces pending charges of Burglary (2 counts), Theft of Property over $1,000 (1 count), and Theft of Property over $500 (1 count).

On July 27, 2014 a tornado swept through the Rock Springs area of Kingsport leaving significant ruination in its wake. Perhaps, the most extreme damage was found at 1912 Rock Springs Road where a home was almost completely destroyed. Witnessing the damage first hand, a nearby neighbor ran to render aid. As he scanned the scene, he made a startling discovery. There among the scattered debris was an air compressor that had been stolen from his barn in a burglary that had occurred the previous day.

K.P.D. Detectives were called to the scene. During the course of their investigation, additional stolen property (including a welder, a ratchet, an air hose, and a weed trimmer) was located that was taken during the July 26th burglary and a previous burglary to the same barn on July 14th. All told, over $1,000 in previously reported stolen property was recovered.

The resident, Jerrod L. Christian, was immediately developed as a suspect. Mr. Christian was soon located in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, TN where he was incarcerated on the previous charges of Disorderly Conduct and Retaliation for Past Action. He had incurred these charges on July 26 after Kingsport Police were called to 2395 Rock Springs Road.

In that incident, Mr. Christian’s girlfriend told officers that he had taken her van without permission. While the officers were taking the report, Mr. Christian returned with the vehicle. As the officers spoke with Mr. Christian, he became extremely belligerent and disruptive, refusing to comply with basic instructions, and shouting and cursing the officers with assorted profane expletives.

The officers arrested Mr. Christian for Disorderly Conduct and transported him to the Kingsport City Jail. While en route to the jail, Mr. Christian threatened to assault the transporting officer and the officer’s mother, and sexually assault the officer’s children, resulting in the additional charge of Retaliation for Past Action.

Name Jerrod L. Christian
Age Date of Birth 8/19/1987

26 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1912 Rock Springs Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Burglary (2 counts)

2) Theft of Property over $1,000 (1 count)

3) Theft of Property over $500 (1 count)

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit