Information from WYSH Radio
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of an armed robbery that occurred late Wednesday night near Rocky Top.
The victim, Jacob Fry, called deputies just after midnight Thursday and told them that he had been assaulted and robbed by three people, two of whom he knew. Fry said that a man he knew called him at around 10 p.m. and asked if he wanted to play basketball, and Fry agreed.
A short time later, the man and a woman—whom he also knew—picked him up, and the three drove to the Pine Hill community park in Rocky Top. Fry later told deputies that he thought that the woman had been acting strangely on the ride.
When they reached the park, the man said he was going to call another man to play ball with them, and while Fry stood outside the truck smoking, he said he heard the man tell his friend that they “were just outside and to come out and meet them.”
Fry did not know the other man, according to the report. The four of them drive to the basketball court at the end of Beech Grove Drive, and Fry said that the second man who they had just picked up asked him to come speak with him at the rear of the truck.
At that point, Fry said that the man began telling him that his sister and her friend were using drugs and that “he had a list of people that he thinks were giving the drugs to them” and that he had “narrowed his list down to one” and that it was Fry.
Fry said that before he could respond, the man punched him in the face and continued assaulting him until he then felt something in the back of his neck and the man threatened to “blow his (expletive) brains out” if he moved.
At that point, Fry said that the man stole several items, including a wallet, his shoes, and a knife.
The driver of the pickup truck allegedly kicked Fry several times as well before he, the other man, and the woman fled in the pickup at a high rate of speed.
Fry walked to a nearby home and called 911.
Fry identified all three suspects to investigators using Facebook, but attempts by deputies to reach them by telephone were unsuccessful.
When more information becomes available and when charges are filed, we will pass it along to you.
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