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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:50 PM

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Two Knoxville Teens Facing Multiple Charges After Robbing Four Juveniles Camping In Home's Backyard

Two Knoxville teenagers face multiple charges after officials say they robbed four juveniles who were camping in a home's backyard.

On Friday night, just before 9 p.m., two 19-year-old male suspects approached the four juveniles and demanded their wallets and personal items. One of the 19-year-olds, identified as Tray Parton, brought out a handgun and, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, struck two of the juveniles with the pistol during the robbery.

The other suspect, identified as David Sanders, returned to the backyard after the robbery and was arrested and is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Facility on four counts of aggravated robbery.

Officials found Parton outside of his residence on South Wooddale Road around 11 p.m. in his 1992 Ford Ranger. Following a short pursuit, the sheriff's office said he was taken into custody.

Parton was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, unlawful drug paraphernalia, vehicle registration violations, aggravated assault on a public official and driving without insurance.