View Full Version : Another happy ending: Police: Hikers hogtie man who attempted to take them hostage

SGT Rock
2012-06-13, 14:19
I wonder if it is someone we know?

ERWIN — Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the outcome of arrest could have been much worse for a Roan Mountain man taken into custody earlier this week after he allegedly picked the wrong group of hikers to attempt to take hostage.Marcus F. Birchfield, 40, 962 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping, impersonating a police officer, going armed, possession of a schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It was a little before midnight Monday when Hensley said Unicoi County 911 received a call stating an individual was holding several hikers hostage at the Beauty Spot lookout on Unaka Mountain. Hensley, who took the call, said the caller stated the man had approached the group of five hikers with a handgun drawn, told them that he was a game warden, and ordered them to get down on their hands and knees. The 911 call, Hensley said, came from one of the hikers allegedly being taken hostage.
Continue reading at the Johnson City Press. (http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?id=100221#ixzz1xgtUQj7b)

2012-06-13, 15:36
Isn't this the same story from a couple of months ago? A couple of Coast Guard sailors took the guy down. The guy was a local meth head and he claimed to be a ranger.

2012-06-13, 15:49
That's the one. What a moroon.

SGT Rock
2012-06-13, 16:02
The story said earlier this week.

2012-06-13, 16:02
It was bad enough that he was a meth head but letting himself get taken down by a couple Coast Guard sailors...ouch.

SGT Rock
2012-06-13, 16:08
On more research it looks like this happened back in May. I don't know why it ran again on the Knoxville paper's website. But new twist while doing research - apparently the guy is also a pastor at a local church in the area.


2012-06-13, 17:13
here is the article on the same story that missjanet posted a while back Police: Hikers hogtie man who attempted to take them hostage (http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?id=100221)
look at 4 or 5 comment down....

2012-06-15, 16:32
Sorry I came late to the party. Is this sheriff related to Janet?

Lone Wolf
2012-06-15, 20:01
the fucker is lucky he ain't dead or maimed for life.