Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 4, 2014

Burglary suspects leap from window to escape owner

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — Two burglary suspects leaped from a bedroom window in an effort to escape from an armed home owner, but one was later apprehended with the aid of a Crossville Police Department's tracking dog.

Brandi Danielle Welch, 33, 391 Fred Braddock Rd., is charged with burglary and evading arrest. She was also served an attachment for failure to appear in court.

Police are still looking for the second suspect, a 22 year-old male from the same address. When apprehended, he will face burglary and evading arrest charges.

The incident occurred Monday on Webb Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. when neighbors called the owner of a vacant residence and reported two people in his rental house.

When the owner arrived, he found a male in a rear bedroom. The man told the owner he had permission to stay at the house but offered to leave. At that moment, the female appeared from another part of the residence.

The owner told the two to stay put because police were on the way, according to Ptl. Tyler Medley. The two rushed the owner, who produced a handgun. They then fled to a rear bedroom, and the owner retreated to the front yard to wait for police.

In the meantime, the pair broke a bedroom window, jumped about 15 feet to the ground below and fled the scene on foot.

One of the city's K-9 units tracked the female to an undergrowth covered in briars and apprehended that suspect. The male suspect was able to get away, although police have his identity.

Damage to the rental property was listed at $250.