WCSO seeking Jonesborough man for aggravated assault on first responders

Published 12:24 pm Monday, August 22, 2022

According to Sheriff Keith Sexton, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is asking the public for assistance in locating James W. Tolley, 39, of Jonesborough.
WCSO has a warrant on Tolley charging him with three counts of prohibited weapons, aggravated arson, three counts of aggravated assault on first responders and setting fire to personal property or land. All charges stem from an incident that occurred in early August.
On Aug. 8, deputies responded to an address on Barnes Road in Jonesborough in reference to a subject threatening to harm himself. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that Tolley had assembled three different fire-accelerant devices and placed them around the home. The devices were placed directly in the path of responding officers.
Tolley also set fire to the inside of the residence, leading deputies to force entry in order to extract him from the home. As a result of the incident, Tolley was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital. Deputies obtained a warrant charging Tolley, but he left the hospital before he could be arrested.
Tolley is a white male approximately 5-foot 10-inches tall. He has dark hair that is balding on top and usually has dark and graying facial hair. Tolley weighs approximately 160 pounds and has a Ying Yang symbol tattooed on his upper back.
Anyone with information on Tolley’s location is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 788-1414. Any information provided may be anonymous, and all leads will be kept confidential.

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