Tennessee Woman Knocks Out Home Intruder With Baseball Bat
A Tennessee man got swift justice for breaking into a home when the female owner went assaulted him with an aluminum baseball bat. According to Crime Online, a woman knocked on the door of a home in Kingsport on Saturday night while holding a lost dog flyer.
When the 52-year-old and only 4’11” tall homeowner opened the door, a man wearing a mask jumped out from behind and forced his way into the home. The masked man, identified as Joe Sotello, allegedly tried to pull the woman outside but failed. The suspect then pushed her back inside and screamed that he intended to rob her.
The victim held her own against the would-be robber and even partially removed his mask. That’s when she recognized Sotello, a long-time family friend. The victim reached for a baseball bat and start swinging at him. She landed numerous blows on his face. Police referred to the assault as a case of “clearly justifiable self-defense.”
Two teen girls in the home heard the commotion and ran to the woman’s rescue. The trio was able to get Sotello out of the house and onto the front lawn. The girl who knocked on the door with the lost dog flyer sped away in a vehicle. Police later identified her as Sotello’s girlfriend.
Authorities detained Sotello, who at first gave numerous false statements. He eventually confessed that he was going through hard times and needed cash. He faces charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. He’s currently in the Kingsport City Jail.