Maryville couple victims of home invasion
By J.J. Kindred | (email@example.com)
An elderly Maryville couple were the victims of a home invasion Wednesday evening at the 2500 block of Sevierville Road.
According to Deputy Chief Greg Cook, of the Maryville Police Department, officers responded to the call of the incident at about 8:01 p.m.
The victims told officers they were in their home when there was a knock on the door. The female victim, 89, opened the door to find a man dressed in black pants, a black shirt under a hoodie sweatshirt, and wearing a black ski mask.
The suspect pushed the woman back into the house and demanded money. The woman’s husband, 88, was in the back bedroom. The suspect escorted the woman to the bedroom and confronted the husband, again demanding cash.
After the suspect received an undetermined amount of cash, the husband was able to retrieve a shotgun. However, the intruder overpowered him, grabbed the gun, and pulled the phone jack from the wall. The man then fled on foot, according to Cook.
The couple was not injured during the incident.
The Maryville Criminal Investigation Division was assisted in the investigation by a K-9 unit from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
“They gave no indication that they knew this person. It’s still early in the investigation, but we ask if anyone if has any information to please contact us,” Cook said.
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