By Rebecca Ferrar (Contact)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
When two men broke into her home, Wanda Bray defended herself with what she had - a bowl of chili and some household objects.
"The woman fought them off," said Capt. David Honeycutt of the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department, of the 58-year-old Bray. "She threw a bowl of homemade chili and got after them with a broom."
Authorities later arrested three men in connection with the home-invasion robbery, and two of them were also charged with a convenience store heist.
The robbery occurred at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Arthur community of Claiborne County.
After Bray threw "household objects" at the robbery suspects, they fled the scene, a Sheriff's Department press release states.
The victim told deputies the robbers ran into her home and demanded her medication.
"They probably got away with some blood pressure pills," Honeycutt said.
Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray said that while Honeycutt was investigating the home-invasion robbery, his investigation took him to a location where authorities discovered a vehicle used in another robbery last week of the Tiger Mart convenience store in Speedwell.
"Evidence was produced that led to additional charges" in addition to the home-invasion robbery, the press release states.
Charged with the home invasion were Fabian Moore, 32, of Arthur, Tommy Wayne Garrett, 24, of Cookeville, and Samuel Partin, 30, of Cumberland Gap. Partin was the alleged getaway driver in the home-invasion robbery, according to the sheriff's office.
Ray said that Moore and Garrett were also charged by Honeycutt with especially aggravated robbery for the Tiger Mart stick-up. During that incident, "a weapon was reportedly displayed and an unknown amount of cash was taken from the register," the press release states.
Rebecca Ferrar may be reached at 865-342-6357.
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