KPD investigating after 9 charged with disorderly conduct in Fort Sanders
Nine people were taken into custody for disorderly conduct Sunday night in Fort Sanders.
"It was apparent that those arrested were a part of the large group that was vandalizing vehicles, shooting fireworks, etc.," KPD officials said.
KPD said the following individuals were arrested Sunday night and charged with disorderly conduct:
Caroline Rowcliffe, 23, Destini Price, 23, Kianna Price, 18, Sarah Elliott, 27, Chloe Lane, 23, Kristina Mynatt, 34, David Webb, 26, Nathaniel Stewart, 23 and Samuel Goeltz, 32.
Police said the group of nine individuals was initially charged with disorderly conduct. There are open investigations into the vandalism that happened in Fort Sanders and the potential for additional charges to be added, according to KPD.
In Fort Sanders, unidentified suspects caused damage to cars including broken out windows and spray paint. According to KPD, one witness told officers he confronted the suspects and was assaulted.
Police said the unidentified group vandalized about 15 vehicles.
KPD said they found a group of about 40 individuals at Clinch Avenue and Henley Street. Police said they witnessed that particular group shooting fireworks and lighting smoke bombs on the Clinch Avenue bridge.
When officers approached the group they said they were able to arrest 9 adults and cite one juvenile. Other members of the group fled toward Highland Avenue.
One additional arrest of a 17-year-old male was made when police say a car occupied by four men wearing hockey masks drove by officers shouting obscenities. Police said the car's license plate matched a report of a stolen vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody just before midnight.
Another group of approximately 12 people was seen in the parking lot of the Knoxville Museum of Art, according to KPD. The group drove away when officers arrived after lighting fireworks on the train tracks. Police said they heard fireworks and saw smoke, but were unable to locate the group.
KPD said they are continuing to assess damage across Knoxville, but have not received any additional reports of vandalism.