Police search for burglary, assault suspect

Police search for burglary, assault suspect

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"I thought I'd be dead," Carpenter said. "I thought I'd be dead," Carpenter said.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 63-year-old veteran is recovering at home Saturday after he was beaten during a burglary at his house.

Lewis Carpenter came home to his house on Whittle Springs in North Knoxville around noon Saturday to find a man burglarizing his home. A struggle ensued and the suspect hit Carpenter multiple times.

"He told me don't move, don't move or I'll kill you," Carpenter said.

The suspect shattered the glass and broke in through the backdoor. After hitting him in the eye, ear and back, the suspect locked Carpenter in a closet.

 "I thought I'd be dead," Carpenter said.

But his daughter walked in minutes later and found him.

"I said ‘get me out of here, get me out of here,'" he said.

According to the victim, the suspect took his wallet, keys and his wife's sleeping pills. Police say the suspect ran out the back door. For Carpenter's neighbor two doors down, Saturday's incident sounds all too familiar.

"I got robbed about two or three weeks ago. I came home from a night shift and my door had been kicked in, TV, laptops DVDs all taken," said Brandon Adkins.

Adkins wasn't home when his house was robbed but says the incidents are similar. 

"It's two houses down, they kicked the door down, it could have a connection, I'm not sure about that, hopefully they find out who did it and it might bring me some recovery," he said.

Police have not made an arrest, and Adkins says the neighborhood never felt unsafe before, but now he worries for his other neighbors.

"Ever since I was a little kid, my grandfather lived here, my great-grandfather lived here and as far as I know we haven't had any problems," Adkins said.

But after the attack, Carpenter is worried for his wife and family.

"I worry about her, if she opens the door and he could be waiting for her," Carpenter said nervously.

Police are looking to the public to find the suspect from Saturday's attack. He is described as a white male, between 45 and 50-years-old,  5 foot 7, and weighing about 200 pounds. He had a beard or was unshaven. The suspect was last seen wearing a camouflage army jacket and may have been homeless.

If you have any information you're asked to call Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-72-12.





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