Son interrupts burglar at parents' home

Son interrupts burglar at parents' home; uses shotgun to detain suspect

Christopher Shane Pack (Source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Shane Pack (Source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office)
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ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) - A burglary attempt was thwarted this week in Anderson County when a man walked into his parents' house and held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies could arrive.

The incident happened at a home on Andersonville Highway, where the accused burglar, 29-year-old Christopher Pack of Knoxville, was arrested.

6 News spoke to the homeowner's son about how the whole thing went down.

Ryan Sharp lives just a few miles away from his parents house and says it was sheer coincidence that he was driving by Thursday afternoon.

When he first laid eyes on a car that didn't belong to his parents sitting in their driveway, he knew something was up.

That's when he decided to check things out.

"Noticed the vehicle still running. Thought it was odd. I went towards the home and noticed someone had jimmied the door open," said Sharp, of Andersonville.

It was right then that he reached for the shotgun his dad keeps near the back door and went inside.

"Heard the guy upstairs and waited for him at the bottom of the steps," said Sharp.

His adrenaline was understandably pumping when the suspect finally made his way down the stairs.

That's when he spotted Sharp and that shotgun.

"He pretty much complied with anything I asked him to do," explained Sharp.

He dialed 911 and police arrived within a few minutes.

As to why he was trying to burglarize a home in broad daylight, Sharp says he just can't understand it.

"Stop at a random house in the middle of town in the middle of the day and park in the middle of the driveway in a high-traffic area. It's baffling," said Sharp.

But he's glad the timing worked out as it did.

"Would have gone down without anybody knowing anything about it until my parents got home and noticed they'd been broken into. Just completely a stroke of luck that I showed up whenever I did," said Sharp.

He says he probably should have called the police rather than go inside on his own, but says people in this area always look out for one another, especially for family.

"See anything out of the ordinary, just follow up and keep stuff like this from happening," said Sharp.

According to the police report from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, the suspect was attempting to steal a bottle of pain pills.

Sharp told us his father had received the Roxycodone pills more than five years ago after he had surgery.

Pack has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property, drug possession, and possession of burglary tools.

He is being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility with bond pending his arraignment.

Pack was also found to be wanted on outstanding warrants in three counties. 

In Knox County, Pack had one warrant for aggravated burglary and two for thefts.

In Sevier County, Pack had an aggravated burglary warrant.

In Blount County, he had a probation violation warrant stemming from a theft charge.
Investigators are still determining if Pack may be involved in other burglaries.
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