Robbery leads to additional drug charges

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By Natasha LaFayette



On Sunday, around 2:30 p.m. an alleged robbery and theft in the parking lot of Jellico Community Hospital left a victim in fear and with her wallet allegedly stolen, according to a warrant drafted by the Jellico Police Department.

The warrant indicates Justin L. Watts, 24, 191 Commerce Street, Jellico, approached the victim asking for a light to a cigarette.

“Upon the victim reaching into her purse to assist the defendant (Watts), the defendant reached into the victim’s purse and knowingly took without consent the victim’s wallet,” said Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker.

The wallet contained $515 cash, bank, credit and Social Security cards, according to the warrant.

The victim as well as a witness observed Watts leaving in a silver or gray car, said Hatmaker.

“I learned through investigation that the victim had known the defendant for several years and was able to correctly identify the defendant in a photo lineup,” said Hatmaker. “Witness was also able to correctly identify the defendant through a photo lineup.”

Hatmaker prepared the warrant for Watts on Sunday, charging him with robbery and felony theft. Around 8:28 p.m., Hatmaker went to Watt’s residence to serve the warrant, according to the arrest report.

Upon the investigation of Watt’s residence multiple blue pills were discovered, said Hatmaker.

“While conducting a search incident to arrest, I found seven and a half blue pills in a metal drug container in the defendants left rear pants pocket,” said Hatmaker.

Watts was charged with robbery and theft of property $500 to $999 for the incident at the hospital. Additional charges were filed for possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule IV controlled substance for items found in his possession during arrest.

Watts is scheduled to appear in court for the charges on May 15.