Blount County deputies arrest armed, masked burglars

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A Maryville man is out on bonds totaling nearly a quarter million dollars after being arrested for an armed home burglary while another suspect is being held on $150,000 bonds. 

Katelen Elisabeth Shepherd, 20, and Austin Lynn Dixon, 22, are charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, deputies were searching the area around Mentor Road after reports of suspicious activity described two people in black masks running to a black Scion. After initiating a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description, a deputy discovered black masks and clothes described by witnesses as well as a handgun and a box of prescription pills.

Meanwhile, other deputies on Mentor Road located a 59-year-old man residing nearby the reported suspicious activity who told them he was robbed in his home at gunpoint by two individuals. Shepherd later admitted in interviews that she was part of the incident. 

A Blount County General Sessions hearing is scheduled for the incident at 9 a.m. on February 28. 

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