A woman reportedly grabbed a knife from her kitchen and stabbed an intruder in the stomach after he broke down her front door.
The suspect, Christopher Owens, 41, was bound by Judge Bill Locke to the grand jury on charges of domestic assault and aggravated burglary.
The charges come after an incident at the Anderson Street home of his girlfriend’s mother. He had been visiting there earlier and drinking. According to police reports, Owens got into an argument and decided to leave. However, he came back a short time later.
“He beat on the front door so hard that it broke the glass out of the door,” reported McMinnville policeman Richard Teachout, noting the women called 911 but decided not to take out charges.
However, the incident left the women nervous Owens might return so they armed themselves.
“They each decided to place a large kitchen knife next to the bed they would be sharing,” Teachout revealed. “They barricaded the front door with the living room couch and placed large pictures over the broken window before going to bed.”
Owens did return later that evening and busted down the door despite the barricade. The women separated with one running to the bathroom to call police. The elder then stepped out to confront the intruder.
“She picked up her knife and held it behind her back while she went to the living room to confront Mr. Owens,” Teachout said, noting Owens started hitting the woman, something that was a poor choice he would find when she pulled out the knife. “Acting in self-defense, she stabbed him in the abdomen area with the knife.”
Owens reportedly tried to disarm the woman but was again cut, this time on his left hand. The pair continued fighting until police arrived.
“She was covered in Mr. Owens’ blood,” Teachout revealed.
Owens was rushed for treatment and eventually airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for advance treatment of his wounds.