A Knoxville man who was being sought by police on numerous outstanding warrants was arrested Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
William North, 21, had ten outstanding felony warrants from Knox County when he was taken into custody and faces yet more charges stemming from the circumstances of his arrest.
North was a passenger in a Dodge Charger that was stopped for a traffic violation by officers from the Knoxville Police Department’s Community Engagement Response Team (CERT) about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The car was pulled over while it was trying to leave a parking lot in the Walter P. Taylor Homes public housing project in East Knoxville, according to a KPD spokesperson, but North ran from the car and the pursing officers saw him dart into an apartment on McConnell Street.
Several people then came out of the apartment and the officers were given permission to search the residence. North was found hiding under a bed in an upstairs room and taken into custody without further incident.
“An AM-15 firearm was found on the bed that North was under. Officers also located a bag that North discarded in the kitchen. Inside the bag, officers found another loaded handgun, narcotics believed to be crack cocaine, heroin and powder cocaine along with other drugs, and two digital scales,” they said.
The outstanding warrants included four charges of aggravated assault, two of aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated stalking. Also, drug- and weapon-possession charges as well as a charge of evading arrest were added after he was taken into custody, according to KPD officials.
Published on September 8, 2022.