Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ken Daugherty was dispatched to Rarity Mountain last Thursday after a cell phone tower maintenance crew called about a man on a motorcycle.
Michael Paul McGill, 32, of 948 Eslinger Court, Kodak, was headed south on Interstate 75 when he exited at Rarity Mountain and told four maintenance men that the Vigilantes motorcycle gang was chasing him and going to kill him, according to Daugherty.
McGill reportedly jumped off the black Harley Davidson bike and ran down the hill and into the woods. When Daugherty arrived, he called for McGill on the loudspeaker, and then contacted Capt. Brandon Elkins to assist. Elkins and Daugherty then found the man approximately half a mile into the woods, hiding under a rock, according to police. McGill told police the Vigilantes had chased him all through Kentucky trying to take his motorcycle from him.
Deputies found he had a warrant in Sevier County for a number of charges including aggravated burglary, according to the report. The VIN of the motorcycle came back registered to Progressive Casualty and Insurance Company in Knoxville, police said.
After a brief investigation, Daugherty reportedly discovered the motorcycle had been stolen off of a trailer in Cocke County in 2006.
McGill was charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999.