Man charged with church vandalism
A 20-year-old Hamblen County man has been charged with vandalism for allegedly defacing the Midtown Missionary Baptist Church on Nicholson Road in East Hamblen County, authorities say.
Tyler Jeffery “TwoChainzz” Jones, Old Russellville Pike, Russellville, allegedly spray-painted gang-influenced graffiti and profanity on the church, a church pavilion and propane tanks, according to Detective Sgt. Jim Brooks with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.
Brooks said this morning there is no indication Jones belongs to a gang.
“I think he’s just wishing,” Brooks said. “He’s a wannabe.”
Jones, who is white, took his alias from a black rapper.
The apparent gang-influenced graffiti included a five-point star with tridents spray-painted on the left and rights points, according to Brooks.
The church vandalism for which Jones is charged occurred on Dec. 4 or Dec. 5, 2013, according to Brooks.
On the same day, the defendant allegedly marked the Old Russellville Pike residence and vehicle of Joyce Jones with similar graffiti, according to the detective.
Jones is awaiting trial on multiple thefts reported in the Russellville area.
-By Robert Moore, Tribune Staff Writer