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Five men sought in Washington County home invasion

December 19th, 2011 4:30 pm by Rex Barber

Five men sought in Washington County home invasion

Washington County sheriff’s investigators were searching for five men who allegedly forced their way into a Gray man’s home, assaulted him and his fiance and stole valuables.
According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Sammy Phillips, about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, five unknown men walked up to 266 Kitzmiller Road, Gray, and confronted the people who lived there.
Phillips said the men were apparently looking for someone who had the same first name as the man. The five men assaulted the couple, and when the men realized the last name was different from that of the person they were looking for, they left the home.
The residents’ names were being withheld by investigators because the investigation was ongoing, but a family member called the Johnson City Press wanting to get the information out to the public in an attempt to help apprehend those responsible for the late-Thursday home invasion and identified the victim.
Victim Josh Arnett later spoke to the Press Monday morning and said the five men in question were seen walking to his home by his fiance, who was out on the porch at the time. He asked the men what they needed, to which they responded they wanted directions to Fordtown Road and a phone.
He told them how to find the road but denied them a phone, at which point two of the men attacked him and the other three went into his home and attacked his fiance, Arnett said.
Arnett said the men had their faces covered and held him and his fiance at gunpoint.
“I done accepted that I was dead right then,” Arnett said.
But Arnett said he told them he was not who they were looking for. They asked him for proof and upon seeing his drivers license, they left, Arnett said.
Arnett said he got stitches and a black eye from his beating. His fiance was bruised, he said. He said the men ransacked his home. Arnett said the men took $800 from his wallet.
Phillips declined to say what specifically was stolen, citing the ongoing investigation.
Phillips said deputies were looking for the alleged assailants, but did not have a good description.
Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s office at 423-788-1414.

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