JCPD: Armed Memphis felon kept residents from leaving apartment

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Police say a man is facing several charges after he entered a Johnson City apartment, waived a gun around, and refused to let the residents leave. 

Melvin Chism, 44 of Memphis, is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon during a dangerous felony, and possession of methamphetamine for resale.

The incident happened Tuesday at an apartment located in the 600 block of N. Barton Street. 

Johnson City police say Chism brandished a gun inside the apartment and wouldn’t let the victims leave. 

Once officers arrived, Chism ran out the back door but was quickly arrested. Police say they found a gun and one ounce of methamphetamine in the area where he ran.  

Chism was taken to the Washington County Detention Center with an $80,000 bond. 

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