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The suspect, 41-year-old Mark Crawford, robbed his neighbor yesterday on Watts Terrace with the help of two accomplices, according to Metro police. Crawford and the others went to the victim to supposedly talk rental properties, but when the victim stated that he didn't have any, that's when the real motive became known.
The unknown suspect told the victim to sit down and write him a check for $30,000, according to the affidavit. The victim told him that he doesn't have that kind of money, so he was told to write it for ten grand, which the victim did.
The neighbor drove to a nearby Regions Bank to cash the check while the other two stayed with the victim. The bank even called the victim to verify that the check was good. He was forced to say yes. Shortly after this, the unwelcome house guests left.
Police later caught up with Crawford on Clayton Street where he was found wearing no shirt and no shoes with the statement that he was just let out of the trunk of a car and dropped off on the side of the road. Crawford claimed that the other two suspects threatened the lives of his children if he didn't cash the check. However, Crawford's story changed numerous times.
Crawford still claims to not know any of the suspects full names.
Crawford is being held on $80,000 bond for one count of robbery.
Surveillance video from the bank shows Crawford cashing the check.
Tuesday, March 19 2013, 07:55 AM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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