Cops say man harassing area women

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Tylar Johnson

A man suspected of harassing several women in Knox and surrounding counties has been captured after allegedly targeting a woman in the Old City.

Officers from the Knoxville Police Department arrested Tylar Johnson, 28 of Blaine, on an outstanding Knox County warrant charging him with false imprisonment, said KPD spokesperson Scott Erland.  

 Johnson was identified by the victim and witnesses through a photo lineup following the June 15 incident, he said.

“Johnson is suspected of committing similar acts on several other occasions throughout the area,” Erland said. “Investigators are asking for anyone who had a similar encounter with Tylar Johnson that has not already been reported to the police to contact Detective Brandon Wardlaw via email at bwardlaw@knoxvilletn.gov.”

The June 15 incident happened about 4:45 p.m. when the woman and several co-workers were walking to their cars near Central Street and Depot Street after getting off of work, he explained.

“As the victim attempted to enter her vehicle, a Honda Civic driven by Johnson pulled up closely beside her driver’s side door, rolled down the window and asked the victim if she wanted money. The victim refused the offer,  Johnson continued to forcefully ask her if she wanted money and then demanded for the victim to get into the passenger side of his vehicle,” Erland said.

“That continued until a passerby interjected to ask if everything was ok, at which point the victim got into her vehicle. Johnson then continued to stay parked beside the victim’s vehicle, not allowing the vehicle to move,” he continued. “The victim then picked up her phone as if to call 9-1-1, at which time Johnson drove northbound on Central Street and began to have a conversation with the victim’s coworkers. The victim then drove behind Johnson’s vehicle and blew the horn, and Johnson drove away.”

Johnson was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility after his arrest on the false imprisonment charge, Erland said, but jail records showed that as of Sunday night he was no longer incarcerated at the jail.

Published on June 28, 2021