A man who is accused of threatening a woman and her terminally ill mother in a frenzied situation involving several knives is now in jail.

Robert Lee Pilkey, 25, Russellwood Drive, Rockford, was arrested by Blount County Sheriff’s deputies at 8:33 a.m. March 5. Law enforcement received a call while en route to his home informing them that Pilkey had a butcher knife and intended to charge officers, forcing them to shoot him, a Blount County incident report states.

When they arrived, officers broke the front door window at the request of the woman, who had told them about the knife. Once they were inside, officers found the woman and her mother locked in the mother’s room.

Officers quickly found Robert Pilkey in a bathroom and handcuffed him after he willingly laid on the floor. But Pilkey insisted he had done nothing wrong because he had not physically hurt either of the women, a report states.

The woman said the ordeal started because she wouldn’t give Robert Pilkey his medication. He became agitated, the report states, and finally said “she would regret it” if he didn’t get his medication. He shoved her and grabbed her face with both hands demanding his medication until she locked herself in with her bedridden mother.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Marian O’Briant did not know the woman’s relationship to Robert Pilkey.

The woman told officers that Robert Pilkey repeatedly beat the door and screamed threats. At one point she said she had seen a knife on the floor that had not been there when she locked herself in the room. She said she never saw any knife in Robert Pilkey’s hand but knew he had access to more kitchen knives.

Her mother confirmed the woman’s story, the report states. Both women told law enforcement they were afraid of what Robert Pilkey would have done to them had he come into the room.

Another knife was also discovered in on the sink of the bathroom where officers found Robert Pilkey.

Pilkey maintained he had not pulled a knife or assaulted anyone. Before officers charged Pilkey with two counts of aggravated domestic assault, he said, “I thought you had to hurt somebody with the knife before you got charged with it,” the report states. Officers told him all he had to do was display it to be charged.

Pilkey was being held in lieu of bonds totaling $15,000. His hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 14 in Blount County General Sessions Court.

Andrew joined The Daily Times in 2019 and covers city government and breaking news.

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