04/09/13 AGGRAVATED BURGLARY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED On Saturday, April 6, Clinton Police responded to a residence on Melton Hill Drive for a burglary in progress. The homeowner, Jimmy Foster, arrived to find a black Ford Taurus in his driveway and individuals loading what appeared to be his property into the vehicle.
Mr. Foster pulled into the driveway and exited his vehicle. The suspects rammed his vehicle with the Taurus and then turned their vehicle driving toward Mr. Foster. Foster who was in fear for his life, drew a firearm and fired several shots at the vehicle. He successfully struck a tire of the Taurus, however the suspects fled the immediate area.
Units from the Clinton Police Department and Anderson County Sheriff’s Department searched the area for the suspects. Clinton Police Sgt. Jason Stokes located the suspect vehicle on Burly Nelson Lane, off of Blockhouse Valley Road. It was there that he apprehended Nicholas Hedges and Amanda Webber. He learned then that a third suspect, Chris Harness had fled on foot.
K-9 Units from both departments and a helicopter from Knox County Sheriff’s Department began a perimeter search of the area. After approximately one hour, the Knox County Helicopter located Harness at the ridge top between Blockhouse Valley and West Wolf Valley. As Harness fled on foot toward West Wolf Valley he was apprehended by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies John Acker and Greg Pearmain.
All suspects were charged with Aggravated Burglary and Felony theft, with Harness receiving the additional charge of evading arrest.
“What a tremendous example of a coordinated law enforcement response. The assistance from both the Anderson County and Knox County Sheriff’s Departments couldn’t have been better. All officers involved were excellent.” Stated Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough.