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Man robbed at gunpoint in Kingsport neighborhood

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 29 2014 05:57:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 29 2014 07:39:50 PM CDT
KINGSPORT ROBBERY
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

The Kingsport Police Department is asking for your help finding a man they believed robbed someone at gunpoint

Police say a man in his 70's stopped by to visit a friend who lives in a Kingsport neighborhood, but before he could get to the front door he was greeted by a man with gun.

"It’s a very quiet neighborhood, {there are} a lot longtime residents,” said Alice Tompkins, a resident.

But Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. Alice Tompkin's quiet Tellico Hills neighborhood was visited by an unwanted and unwelcomed guest.

The Kingsport Police Department tells us a 71-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint while visiting a friend who lives at one of these homes on Radcliffe Avenue.

Tompkins tells us she feels relatively safe at home and she would have never suspected that a robber who be lurking a few hundred feet from her doorstep.

"At 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. my front door was standing open at that time when my son left to go work,” said Tompkins.

According to authorities, the suspect pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him to give him his money.

Police say the victim complied with the suspect and was not injured.

Tompkins says she won't live in fear, but she is going be to extra cautious.

"It's an awareness, safety and keeping your eyes open,” said Tompkins.

The Kingsport Police Department released this description of the suspect they describe him as a white male about 5’10 in., wearing a camouflage jacket.

Police say another person was with him but they stayed in the car during the robbery.

They believe they were driving an older model small sedan with tinted windows with a noticeable side-swipe on the driver's side.

If you have any information you are urged to call the Kingsport Police Department at 423-229-9429.