Dog injured warding off two home invaders, victim robbed

Becky Campbell • Updated Jan 27, 2020 at 8:12 PM

Two Washington County men were arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into a house, slashing a man’s dog with a machete and taking off with money and medication.

Matthew Austin Woodyard, 20, 153 Crockett Road, Jonesborough, and Antonio Eduardo Santos, 26, 2701 Schumway Drive, were taken into custody after the investigation led police to the Milligan area. Both were charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated cruelty to animals, auto burglary and theft of property under $1,000.

According to a Johnson City Police Department press release, the man said two men in masks forced their way into his Faith Circle home. Both men were armed and “demanded his property.” Police did not say what time the invasion occurred or if the man knew the two attackers.

During the incident, the man’s dog was hit in the face with a machete while trying to protect his owner. The dog was taken to a local animal hospital to be treated for its injuries.

“Information provided by the victim led police to 1444 Milligan Highway, where some of the victim’s property was recovered. Additionally, information was collected that led to Santos and Woodyard being arrested for the crime,” police said in the press release.

Also, a records check showed Santos had an outstanding arrest warrant for theft of a vehicle over $1,000, felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, and stop sign violation. Those warrants were also served on Santos.

Both were taken to the Washington County Detention Center where Woodyard was being held in lieu of $38,000 bond, and Santos was being held in lieu of $48,000 bond. Both are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday afternoon.

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