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Domestic disturbance call leads to arrest of wanted Cumberland Gap man by Middlesboro Police

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Devon Collins - BCDC

At 5:10 pm on Friday, February 5 2021, Middlesboro Officer Chris Barnes was dispatched to an Exeter Avenue apartment after a serious domestic disturbance call. The caller, living below those fighting, also stated that one male individual possibly had a firearm and was waving it around while making threats toward others at the residence.


Also responding to the apartment were Officers Venable, Collins, and Sgt. Cowan who all attempted to make contact with someone in the residence.


Officer Barnes was able to have a female come to the door in distress and she stated that there was a man in the back of the apartment wanted by police. The woman also said they were fighting because she was trying to get him to leave.


After entering the apartment and trying several times to have him come out, Officer Barnes found the man hiding in a closet. A short struggle ensued but he was finally detained. The man gave two separate names when asked and a search incident to arrest revealed he had a small bag with a crystal-like substance in his pants pocket. He admitted to the officer that he had been using Methamphetamine and taking Xanax.


At police headquarters the individual still refused to reveal his identity, but Lt. Floyd Patterson recognized him as 20-year-old Devon Collins of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Middlesboro Dispatch determined that Collins had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.


He was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with:

Giving an officer false identifying information, possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and public intoxication – controlled substance. He was also served two bench warrants. One for failure to appear on a possession charge and the other for failing to comply with community service.

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