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Sharonda Belvin, 26, went inside of the store to pick up some medicine, leaving her son alone in the backseat of her car with the vehicle running and the doors unlocked, according to police. She came out of the store about 10-15 minutes later and her vehicle and son were gone.
Just minutes later, the child was found unharmed by a woman outside the gas station on the Wal-Mart lot on the 2300 block of Madison St. He told officers that he had been dropped off by the suspect and gave officers a description of his kidnapper.
While police combed the area, an officer located a man at the K-Mart on the 2300 block of Madison Street, 20-year old Willie Cole, who closely met the description of the suspect. The keys to the stolen vehicle were found in Cole's pants pocket. The stolen vehicle was located in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart.
The child positively identified Cole as the person who took him and the car. Cole told detectives that he saw the car running and took it because he needed the bail money for previous charges.
The child was returned to his mother. Also, the vehicle was turned back over to Belvin.
Cole was booked into Montgomery County Jail and charged with kidnapping and theft. His bond was set at $200,000. However, Cole was served with an outstanding violation of probation warrant and is being held without bond.
On Dec. 3, Cole was arrested for a set-up robbery in which he allegedly stole $600 from a person. Police say he admitted to the robbery.
Tuesday, December 11 2012, 10:31 AM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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