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Arrest made for streaking

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By Beth Braden

Oh yes, they call him the streak.

That was what the Jacksboro Police Department may have been thinking when they arrested Charles Blankenship, 58, of 243 Liberty Street after a year of telephone calls about an allegedly nude man.

“The first report that we got, that I actually received, it’s been well over a year ago,” said Jacksboro detective Mike Starrett. The first call came in from a clerk in the circuit court clerk’s office.

“Since then, throughout the last year, we got numerous other reports, sightings, [he was] out in the front yard, standing beside the house, or on the edge of the gravel driveway,” Starrett said.

The detective estimates his department has received at least 25 calls in the last year, but police had not been able to arrest him because they have not seen him.

“You hear about him, he’s like Bigfoot, you just never see him,” Starrett said.

Just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Starrett received a call there was a man standing nude on Liberty Street. The driveway of Blankenship’s home is allegedly within 100 yards of the back entrance of Jacksboro Elementary School.

“I turned the camera on in my car, hopefully to get him on video,” he said.

Starrett approached the home largely unnoticed because of his unmarked car. When Blankenship saw Starrett pull into the driveway, he allegedly began “scooting himself along side the home trying to get to the backdoor.” Blankenship allegedly refused to stop moving when Starrett began shouting at him to halt, but he was arrested without any further resistance.

The man’s wife had reportedly warned her husband several times.

“She had told me that she had warned him and warned him and warned him that he was eventually gonna get caught,” Starrett said.

Starrett allowed Blankenship to put on some pants and then transported him to the Campbell County Jail. He is charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and stop frisk and halt.