A man faces charges after he beat a man and left him for dead during a home invasion robbery.
The alleged perpetrator, Chase Whitney White, 29, is charged with aggravated assault, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary, theft and violation of probation. He is being held under $350,000 bond awaiting his Feb. 24 hearing date.
Police say White broke into the Adams Street home of acquaintance Michael Jones, 58, while the victim was asleep.
“Mr. Jones awoke after being hit in the head by an oxygen tank,” said McMinnville police investigator Marty Cantrell, noting Jones is on oxygen due to health problems. “He hit him several more times and he fell unconscious.”
The victim laid unconscious in his bed for at least eight hours after the assault.
“The assault happened sometime around 4 a.m.,” the detective revealed. “He was able to get out of bed and crawl to the door around 2 p.m.”
Cantrell said Jones was able to get the attention of some passing kids who alerted his neighbor. An ambulance was called and Jones was taken for treatment of a serious head injury. He has since been released.
White was developed as the prime suspect when a backpack belonging to him was found near the scene. An all-points bulletin was issued and he was found hiding in a motel in Cookeville later that day.
Helping locate the suspect was the fact he had taken the victim’s S-10 pickup. The truck was found parked outside the motel. White also stole the victim’s wallet, cellphone and cash.
“During a search we found items belonging to the victim,” said Cantrell.
White reportedly admitted breaking into the house to burglarize it but was fuzzy on details of the attack. There is a possibility he could be hit with an attempted murder charge given the ferocity of the assault.