JCPD still seeking two in shooting near Tweetsie Trail

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Johnson City police are continuing to seek the arrest of two men suspected of shooting a man near the entrance to the Tweetsie Trail Jan. 8 in a case that had some links to alleged social media posts the victim made.

The Johnson City Police Department (JCPD) arrested Aiden Debord the day after the shooting and charged him with aggravated assault, but an affidavit for Debord’s arrest shows the 21-year-old was not the person who shot the victim, who survived.

Affidavit: Man arrested in Johnson City shooting investigation wasn’t the shooter

Instead, Investigator Jacob Worley told News Channel 11 Tuesday, Debord was accompanied by two other men who were armed when he confronted the victim at 100 Van Brocklin Way in a mid-afternoon incident captured on a nearby business’s cameras.

“He was accompanied by two of his friends, one named Timothy Blake and the other Yeshua Hawkins,” Worley said.

  • Photo: Yeshua Hawkins is being sought as a suspect in a January shooting at the trailhead of the Tweetsie Trail. (Courtesy of the JCPD)
    Photo: Yeshua Hawkins is being sought as a suspect in a January shooting at the trailhead of the Tweetsie Trail. (Courtesy of the JCPD)
  • Photo: Timothy Blake is being sought as a suspect in a January shooting at the trailhead of the Tweetsie Trail. (Courtesy of the JCPD)
    Photo: Timothy Blake is being sought as a suspect in a January shooting at the trailhead of the Tweetsie Trail. (Courtesy of the JCPD)

He said Blake, 19, is known by the street name “K2” or “K3” while Hawkins, 20, goes by “Click.” Worley said JCPD has active warrants for both men, whom he said are both believed to have discharged firearms, on aggravated assault and weapons charges.

“We have reason to believe from tips that they (are) out of state and we’re currently working with other authorities in that aspect,” Worley said. He added that police don’t believe the two pose any threat to “the safety of citizens of Johnson City,” though JCPD wants to apprehend them as quickly as possible to get resolution on the case.

Worley said video surveillance from the incident confirms that Blake and Hawkins fired their weapons.

It wasn’t Blake’s first weapons-related brush with local law enforcement. A previous affidavit from April 2023 says that Blake was a passenger in a car that got pulled over near East Tennessee State University and gave a false name when police asked for identification.

“The front passenger resembled Timothy ‘K2’ Blake, a known Crip member who has an outstanding warrant from JCPD for vandalism,” the affidavit reads.

The affidavit, which charged Blake with unlawful possession of a weapon and criminal impersonation, said that officers found a Glock 19 handgun under the seat where Blake was sitting, loaded with six 9-millimeter rounds.

“Timothy Blake is also a known drug dealer/user making it illegal for him to possess a handgun,” the affidavit stated.

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Blake has had four continuances granted in that case, the last one on Sept. 21, 2023, when a criminal hearing was set for Sept. 19, 2024.

Worley said JCPD was aware of the allegations that the victim had made social media posts that potentially motivated Debord to confront him. Debord told investigators, according to an affidavit, that the victim “had been making Facebook posts harassing his family” and that the victim had “publicly disclosed his location on his Facebook page and Debord went there to confront him…”

“Everything’s getting looked into,” Worley said. “That whole situation, what led up to that situation, which would be the social media posts – all that’s being looked into.”

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