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Police say man with knife threatened children

Suspect said he was simply showing kids a "magic trick"
By Stephen Betts | May 01, 2021

Rockland — A 35-year-old Rockland man was arrested April 30, accused of threatening neighborhood children.

James Lindsey was arrested by Rockland police on three counts of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, which are Class C felonies and carry a maximum jail term of five years, according to Rockland police.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and released on $2,500 bail.

Rockland officers were called at 6:45 p.m. April 30 to respond to an the apartment complex at Eliza Steele Drive for a report of a man wielding a knife and chasing children around the parking lot.

Officers arrived and spoke with witnesses, including children, who reported that a group of kids were playing “cops and robbers” outside when they were approached by a man holding a knife. Witnesses reported the suspect started to yell at the kids, while chasing after them with the knife in his hand. The kids were able to escape from the suspect.

No one was injured.

Police said Lindsey told the officers he was outside and just wanted to show the kids a magic trick.

The case remains under investigation.

Lindsey is scheduled to make his initial appearance in the Knox County court June 28.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ALEXANDER CARVER | May 07, 2021 15:43

Sounds like he should receive some help for his mental illness. Glad the kids are safe.

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