Seven Arrested in Oak Ridge Crackdown

Oak Ridge, Anderson County (WVLT) - Seven people are facing charges after a police operation in Anderson County.

Forty-seven-year-old Fredrick Black, of Knoxville, was stopped on South Illinois Avenue last Friday. During the stop, officials say Black assaulted two deputies and fled on foot. He was later apprehended and charged with drug possession, assault on an officer, and evading arrest. His bond is set at half a million dollars and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Meanwhile, weapons taken during burglaries in Oak Ridge were recovered in two separate traffic stops that day.

Twenty-year-old Rashad Benjamin and Vincent Valentine, both of Oak Ridge, are facing weapons possession and theft charges. Bond for Benjamin is set at $10,500; Valentine’s bond is set at $30,500. Both are expected in Oak Ridge Court on Thursday.

Two other people were arrested on outstanding warrants including one with seven active criminal warrants.

Twenty-two-year-old Johnny Maurice Pearson, of Oak Ridge, was arrested on charges of simple possession, and outstanding warrants for theft, vandalism, domestic assault, false imprisonment, coercion of a witness and probation violation. Pearson’s bond is sent at $66,000, he’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Thirty-two-year-old Stacy Denise Armes, of Oak Ridge, was arrested on simple possession and a theft warrant. Her bond is set at $30,000 and is scheduled for court on Tuesday.

An additional two people were arrested on suspended or revoked license and other traffic charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Leonard Alexander Wright, of Oak Ridge, was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, misuse of registration and violation of the seatbelt law. Wright’s bond was set at $3,500 and is due in court on Thursday.

Twenty-six-year-old Jennifer Lee Kramer, of Oak Ridge, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Her bond is set at $2,500 and is expected in court on Thursday.

Authorities say the two deputies injured during the scuffle with Black were treated for minor injuries and released from Methodist Medical Center.

In all, officers say they made 39 traffic stops which also resulted in six citations being issued.

Officials say this combined enforcement operation is just the first of several planned with other law enforcement agencies.

The cooperative effort resulted in several arrests, drugs seized, and guns recovered from residential burglaries.

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