Wanted man caught after shooting

Joshua Welcome

A 24-year-old man who was already wanted on a half-dozen felony assault charges was arrested Monday after a gunfire complaint in North Knoxville.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Joshua Demarcus Welcome also racked up several drug charges following a search of the home he was found in, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

The E-911 Center took a call Monday of a possible shooting in the Western Heights public housing project that allegedly involved Welcome, said KPD spokesperson Scott Erland.

No one was hurt, but officers were able to identify the vehicle driven by Welcome and found it parked at a residence in the 1700 block of Virginia Avenue, Erland continued.

Welcome was taken into custody without incident, and the officers ended up getting a search warrant for the residence based on items that were “in plain view,” said Erland.

“In a subsequent search of the apartment where Welcome was located, officers located U.S. currency, over 34 grams of marijuana packed in multiple separate packages, and drug paraphernalia,” he said. “In addition to the six outstanding warrants, Welcome was also charged with schedule VI drug violations, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of conditional release.”

Monday’s arrest marked the third time Welcome was taken into custody by police in Knox County in two months, Erland said. 

Welcome was arrested May 15 for two counts of domestic assault and one count of felony evading. He was then arrested June 28 on numerous failure to appear warrants, Erland said.

Welcome was booked into the Knox County jail on Monday,  where his bond was set at $32,500 for a slew of charges but denied on a domestic assault charge, records show.

Published on July 21, 2021