Roane Co. family says bounty hunters forced way into wrong home

Roane County family says bounty hunters forced way into wrong home

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HARRIMAN (WATE) - A Roane County family is suing a bail bondsman and two employees for $225,000, saying they broke into the wrong home and assaulted them.

The suit states the bondsmen were looking for Kayla Inman, who had been arrested in Montgomery, Ala. for domestic violence. She posted bond on Aug. 29, 2012 of $1,000 via Affordable Bail Bonds owned by Rueben Brown.

She then violated her bail by not appearing in court on Oct. 25, 2012.

On November 13. 2012, bondsmen Michael Henderson Jr. and Learnest Wilson began looking for Inman and were granted permission to arrest Inman anywhere in the state of Alabama, but did not seek an arrest warrant in Tennessee.

That same day, the plaintiffs in the suit, Jimmy F. Anderson and Tiffany Michelle Phillips, were home with their 12-year-old and newborn sons. Phillips woke up around 6 a.m. to retrieve a bottle of baby formula from the kitchen. Anderson was still in bed.

At the same time, Henderson began pounding on the front door. Phillips woke up Anderson who, thinking it was a friend, opened the door.

Henderson then began yelling, looking for Kayla Inman, and demanding the residents let his partner in the back door.

Anderson told the rest of his family to stay in the bedrooms. In the suit, Anderson says he told Henderson there was no Kayla Inman living there and that he had two small children.

Henderson refused to leave, and though Anderson was able to force him out the door, he and Wilson kicked it in a few moments later with guns drawn.

The suit alleges Wilson went through the home with a gun drawn, including the rooms where Phillips and the children were. The suit says Henderson and Wilson only left the home after Anderson called the Roane County Sheriff's Department.

The plaintiffs say Henderson and Wilson never identified themselves as bail bondsmen.

Anderson and Phillips filed suit on September 26, 2013 on behalf of themselves and the two children for a total of $525,000, saying aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, false imprisonment, and reckless endangerment were committed against them.

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