Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 13, 2013

Suspect sought in home invasion

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County sheriff's investigators are searching for a man who entered a woman's home and held a gun to her head before fleeing from the scene. It is not known if that handgun was taken in the burglary of the home of the victim's daughter that took place the same day and is located next door.

The 74-year-old victim was shaken but otherwise unhurt in the incident that occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday at two residences in the 8000 block of Hwy. 127 S.

Deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress and were met by the victim who was standing in her driveway. She told them she was in her home when the man suddenly appeared and stuck a gun to her head.

When the man walked into the kitchen, the woman fled and called police, according to Deputy Brandon Tollett who, along with Cpl. Gary Green, responded to the scene.

Officers checked the residence and an adjacent wooded area but were unable to locate a suspect. The man was described as having a "rag" on his head with a floral design.

Later officers learned that the home of the victim's daughter, located next door, had been broken into. The only item reported missing was a Colt .38 Special handgun valued at $500.

Investigators are continuing their probe.