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Woman reports home invasion, vehicle theft in Carter County

June 12th, 2013 4:52 pm by John Thompson

Woman reports home invasion, vehicle theft in Carter County


ELIZABETHTON — A woman was assaulted and had her 1996 Chevrolet Blazer stolen in a strong armed robbery on Tuesday morning.



Deputy Tracie Phipps of the Carter County Sheriff's Department reported that she responded to a call to Concord Lane in Johnson City at 5:50 a.m. She said Charleen Ann Woodby was  standing in her driveway when the officer arrived.



Phipps said Woodby told her she went to her front door at 5 a.m. because her dog was barking. When she went to the door a black man and white woman whose names she did not know entered through the door. She said she had seen them before. The man's  nickname was believed to be "Rat."  She said the man had a medium build and short hair. The woman had a medium build and blond hair.



She said the man grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down. She said he got on top of her and started punching her in the face and choking her. He asked her if she had changed her mind. She said he had a kitchen knife  and put it in his back pocket when he got on top of her.



Woodby said she begged the man not to kill her. She said he wasn't going to kill  her but asked again if she had changed her mind. She said the man started choking her and she lost consciousness.



When she came to she was alone and ran into a bedroom. She went outside and met a neighbor, James Gillis, who  had heard noises and came over to her house to investigate. Gillis said he saw someone driving Woodby's car away. He then met  Woodby outside her home, crying and telling him someone had tried to kill her and had stolen her vehicle.



Woodby said they also stolen both her cell phones and $27 in cash.



The vehicle was recovered Wednesday morning in Johnson City after it had apparently been abandoned after running out of gas.



The Carter County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.


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