Rockford man arrested after 2 week crime spree

A Rockford man is back behind bars after authorities said he stole three vehicles, twice fled from the police, ditched a car, robbed a woman, stole a gun, and vandalized a home in just a two week span.  

Albert Lee Reynolds's crime spree ended overnight Wednesday at a Knoxville apartment complex on Scarlett Oak Court, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office. 

Investigators learned that Reynolds had a weapon and said he wanted to "commit suicide by cop" because he wasn't going to prison.

Because of that, the Knox County Sheriff's Office brought a K-9 and used the dog to take him into custody after he exited the apartment but did not immediately comply. 

Since Sept. 6, Reynolds has racked up nine charges, including eight felonies, authorities said.  

His most recent crime spree began on Sept. 6 when he stole a car from a home on Tarpley Street in Maryville. A Blount County deputy spotted him later that day but he fled. Later that day, he ditched the vehicle in Walland. 

Authorities arrested him on Sept. 8, but he got out two days later on $12,000 bonds. 

According to investigators, on Sept. 19 Reynolds then robbed a woman, dumped her at a church on Piney Level Church road and stole her Lexus. 

The next day, he reportedly stole a Toyota Tacoma from a house that was for sale in Friendsville, stole a gun  and vandalized a mattress and sofa 

Reynolds' criminal history in Blount County goes back to 2002. His previous charges include criminal impersonation, public intoxication, theft, aggravated burglary and driving on a suspended license on several occasions. 

He's being held on $150,000 bonds pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. on September 26. 


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