A Morristown man has been charged in connection with an alleged brutal drug-motivated home-invasion robbery in Cocke County in May that left two men with gunshot wounds, authorities say.
Stacy Jarrod Porter, 41, was taken into custody without incident Thursday night at his West Third North Street home by members of the Morristown Police Department Criminal Apprehension Unit.
Officer Matt Stuart, unit leader, says MPD officers learned this week that Porter was wanted in connection with a home-invasion robbery four month ago.
Porter faces three counts of attempted murder, especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary. This morning, Porter remained in the Cocke County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Porter, who has two convictions for selling a Schedule II drug and one for aggravated assault, can’t legally possess a firearm.
Convictions on the state crimes for which Porter is charged carry lengthy prison terms, but Cocke County authorities have the option of pursuing firearms charges in federal court in Greeneville.
Porter’s alleged accomplice, April Spring Hawk, 23, who used to live with Porter on Jacobs Road, was arrested earlier and charged with especially aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.
Porter and Hawk allegedly conspired to steal drugs at the Good Hope Road residence of Jeffery Stewart and David Lynn Hope in the Parrottsville community of Cocke County, according to Detective Bryan Murr with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department.
Porter allegedly used a small-caliber handgun to shoot the two primary occupants of the home, Jeffery Stewart and David Lynn Dollar, both of whom are 42 and have lengthy criminal histories, authorities say.
Hawk allegedly used duct tape to bind Dollar’s arms prior to the shooting.
Porter and Hawk were after prescription drugs, and they were justified in believing the Good Hope Road residence was a good place to start, authorities say.
Witnesses reported a woman named Misty Michelle Holt, 31, was “was shooting up” and demanding more pills from Stewart just before Porter and Hawk barged into the residence, according to Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes.
When the alleged home-invasion robbers were told the occupants of the home had no more pills, Porter allegedly “began shooting the gun all over the place as they were begging for their lives,” authorities said earlier.
Holt was charged with especially aggravated robbery. It’s unclear whether she knew Porter and Hawk planned to rob Stewart and Dollar.
Later Porter allegedly rammed a parked vehicle occupied by Richard Jenkins, who lives on Dawn Valley Way in Parrottsville, which was parked outside.
Jenkins told investigators a female came to his car and told him to move. Jenkins reportedly replied he would move when his brother came out of the residence.
The female then allegedly threatened to smash a window. Porter allegedly rammed the car before three shots were fired into the vehicle.
-From Staff Reports