City man charged with stalking wife, violating court order

Published 6:03 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

An Elizabethton man faces multiple charges after police say he stalked a woman and contacted her multiple times despite a court order barring him from doing so.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Leonard Andrew Price on Friday and charged him with stalking and three counts of violation of an order of protection.

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According to court documents, EPD Officer Samantha Maney and Detective Shane Darling responded to a city residence regarding a report of a man violating an order of protection. When the officers arrived, they spoke with a woman who told officers she had an order of protection against her husband. Darling said he was familiar with the situation between the two and also noted another incident had happened on August 22 where Price had the electricity to the woman’s home cut off.

“(The woman) stated that she had been receiving phone calls and text messages from Leonard and that today, she looked outside and observed him walking around the residence,” Darling said.

Officers checked around the home but were not able to find Price, Darling said.

“While we were speaking with (the woman), she received a call from a blocked number,” Darling said. “Officer Maney answered the phone, and the male subject stated he was John Adams from an electrical company. The male subject on the phone was obviously Leonard.”

“Leonard then called (the woman’s) phone from his phone and again spoke with Officer Maney saying that he wanted to talk to his wife,” Darling continued. “He then called an additional time and spoke with (the woman) asking her why she had called the cops and admitted that it was him outside her residence.”

According to court documents, Price agreed to meet with officers at another location to speak with them about the incident.

“Upon his arrival, he initially denied being outside (the woman’s) residence, but when I asked Officer Maney if (the woman) had said Leonard came in the house, Leonard burst out and said he was just outside and never made entry,” Darling said. “Leonard also stated he had the electricity cut off because he believed other people were living in the house with the woman.”

Darling said he charged Price with three counts of violation of an order of protection based on Price having the utilities cut off, going to the woman’s home, and continuing to make phone calls to her despite the order.

“Because Leonard is continuously calling, texting, and coming around (the woman) in an unwanted method and is causing (her) emotional distress, he is also being charged with stalking,” Darling said.

Price appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday morning. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set Price’s bond at $5,000 and ordered that should he post bail and be released from jail that he be subject to bond monitoring with victim notification and ordered that Price not be within two miles of the alleged victim in the case. Bowers scheduled Price to return to court on Sept. 11 with an attorney.