BY KEN LITTLE
A Greene County man who allegedly carjacked a vehicle at knifepoint Saturday night is in custody in Knoxville after allegedly running from police there on Tuesday.
Dustin C. Watson, 30, of 130 East Ocean Blvd., is charged by Greeneville police with especially aggravated kidnapping and carjacking, Detective Lt. Pat Hankins said.
Knoxville police charged Watson with resisting arrest, driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and simple possession of a Schedule VI drug, police department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.
The carjacking victim was at the Fairgrounds Laundromat about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by Watson, who asked for a ride, Officer Roy Milton said in a report.
The victim agreed and took Watson to a BP Roadrunner market on the Kingsport Highway, the report said.
"The man wanted to go across the street, and when [the victim] said no, he pulled a knife on him, threatening bodily harm," the report said.
Watson allegedly made the man drive to an address in the 4300 block of Kingsport Highway.
"(He) made the victim pull over and get out of the vehicle," Watson said.
Watson got into the driver's seat of the Pontiac G6 car "and left the area," the report said.
The victim was not injured.
About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Watson was approached by a Knoxville police officer in a "high drug area" of East Knoxville as he was walking toward the car, DeBusk said.
"He lied about his ID, and as the officer attempted to take him in for questioning, he jerked away from the officer and ran," DeBusk said.
Officers took Watson into custody after a short foot pursuit. The additional charges were filed.
Watson was carrying a small amount of marijuana and had been drinking, DeBusk said.
"We believe he had also been shooting up with bath salts," DeBusk said.
The carjacking victim was told Tuesday that the car had been recovered by Knoxville police, and that Greeneville police were going to Knoxville on Wednesday to pick it up and return it to the owner, Hankins said.
Watson remains in custody in the Knox County Detention Facility.
"It will be up to the local district attorney and the district attorney in Greene County to decide where he goes (to court) first," DeBusk said.
"I would think that Greene County will get the first stab at him because of the carjacking and the kidnapping charges," DeBusk added.