Scott County Press Release Concerning Joseph Freeman Robbery

On December 20th, 2018 Scott County Dispatch received a call from Joseph Freeman stating that he had been robbed at the Daniel Boone Travel Center located in Duffield, VA. He advised that he currently was in pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 23 Southbound and the vehicle was described as a silver Honda CRV.
Sgt. Justin Miller with the Gate City Police Department spotted the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The Honda CRV did not stop and a pursuit ensued. Scott County Deputies along with Weber City Police aided Sgt. Miller in the pursuit which crossed state lines into Kingsport, TN.
During the pursuit, a Scott County Deputy met with the victim at Quik Stop in Weber City. Mr. Freeman met the deputy along with two witnesses. Freeman advised that he got a phone call from Nicholas Habor asking if he could borrow some money. They agreed to meet in Duffield at which time he would loan him some. When Freeman approached Habor’s vehicle, Habor grabbed Freeman’s wallet and told the other subjects in the vehicle to drive away.
Freeman advised that he then ran to his vehicle and pursued them. His passenger called 911 to report the incident. Freeman said that Habor had taken eighteen $100 bills from him.  Freeman and his two witnesses from another vehicle advised that the driver of the CRV tried to hit him several times.
The pursuit ended with a minor accident in Kingsport, TN. Sgt. Miller, Scott County deputies and the Kingsport Police Department were able to take two of the three suspects into custody. Zach Daugherty was the passenger detained, and Coy McMurray was the driver. Mr. Habor who was the rear passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
McMurray and Daugherty later told deputies during an interview that they were meeting in Duffield to sell some Methamphetamine, and that there would have been some money in it for them. They also advised that Habor had robbed Freeman.
Scott County Sheriff’s Office charged them with four counts of Robbery, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
Gate City Police Department charged them with Felony Eluding, Reckless Driving, and Driving While Suspended.
Other charges are pending and the suspects are being held in the Sullivan County Jail awaiting extradition to Scott County.

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