Kidnapping suspect extradited from VA to face charges

Published 6:23 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

An Elizabethton man wanted on a kidnapping charge from an April incident has been returned to Carter County to face multiple charges after being extradited from Virginia.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Coby Lee Wilson, 26, of Elizabethton, in Wytheville, Va., Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle over $10,000, six counts of identity theft, five counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, one count of theft from a motor vehicle, two counts of failure to appear, and violation of probation.

The kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle over $10,000 charges stem from an investigation by the Elizabethton Police Department after a woman called 911 and told dispatchers someone had stolen her SUV while her child was asleep inside it.

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Around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, April 7, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department responded to a home on West G Street and met with the woman who called 911. When officers arrived, the woman said she had parked her black 2007 Hummer at the residence and briefly went inside, leaving her 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle because the child was asleep. The woman said when she came back outside both the SUV and her child were gone.

“Officers began searching the area and notified surrounding jurisdictions to be on the lookout for the vehicle,” EPD Capt. Joy Shoun said. “Approximately 30 minutes later, officers were notified that deputies with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office had located the vehicle abandoned, near the Dollar General, 233 Highway 19E, Bluff City, with the child still inside. The child was determined to be unharmed and was returned to family members.”

During the course of the investigation, Shoun said officers obtained information that led to Wilson being identified as the suspect.

According to court documents, video footage from an area convenience store showed the Hummer pull in near the gas pumps and the driver then exited the SUV and entered the store.

“The driver of the vehicle purchased a Red Bull drink, and the video camera at the cashier counter revealed the driver of the vehicle to be Coby Wilson,” EPD Det. Joe Harrah states in the affidavit of complaint against Wilson.

On April 11, the Elizabethton Police Department requested the public’s help in locating Wilson. Two days later, federal agents with the U.S. Marshal Service arrested Wilson in Wytheville, Virginia.

At that time, Wilson was wanted on several outstanding warrants not related to the kidnapping case.