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Couple accused in Bulls Gap home invasion, attack and robbery

Jeff Bobo • Mar 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

BULLS GAP — A couple accused in a Sunday morning home invasion, metal pipe attack, and theft at a Bulls Gap residence were arrested early Monday morning in Cocke County on multiple charges including aggravated robbery.

Around 10 a.m. Sunday, Hawkins County deputies responded to the residence of Lonzo Fredrick Evans at 262 Summit Hill Road, Bulls Gap, on a report of a beating and robbery.

Evans told the HCSO that a female later identified as Heather Darlene Gilbert, 26, 190 Glades Road, Mohawk, and an unknown male came to his door asking to use the phone because they were having car trouble.

It’s not known if Evans allowed them to use his phone, but when they had gone he went back inside his residence and sat on his couch.

Evans told the HCSO that a short time later a man known to him as Leonard Brad Eidson, 42, 357 Robertson Creek Road, Bulls Gap, came into the residence uninvited and assaulted him with a metal pipe.

“Evans said Eidson pulled a handgun and pointed it in his face and said, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ ” HCSO Sgt. Brian Boggs stated in his report. “Evans said he was able to get out the door and run next door to his mother’s (residence) to call 911. Evans had large cuts above and below his left eye that required medical treatment.”

Evans reported items missing from his home including multiple cell phones, various medication and keys. The overall value of the stolen items was listed at approximately $200.

HCSO Lt. Lynn Campbell told the Times-News Monday that the HCSO Narcotics Unit and Third Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force joined the investigation after Eidson was identified as the alleged attacker. The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police Department also participated in the investigation.  

Eidson and Gilbert were located and arrested shortly after 4 a.m. at 121 Loftis Road in Parrotsville. Police reportedly found Eidson hiding in the shower.

Campbell said Gilbert was positively identified by Evans as the female half of the couple that knocked on his door prior to the attack. 

During a search of the residence, Eidson and Gilbert’s personal property was located in one of the bedrooms.

Officers also recovered a metal pipe from the bedroom that was smeared with what appeared to be blood.

Officers also recovered a black organizer from the bedroom that contained what appears to be blood on the outside cover. Inside were writings from Evans’ medical insurance card.

Eidson was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and theft under $500.

Gilbert was charged with being a party to aggravated robbery and being a party to aggravated burglary.

Both were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and both were being held without bond.

Eidson is currently on parole for a 2014 felony weapons possession conviction.

The unknown male who initially knocked on the door with Gilbert is still being sought. He is is described as a while male in his thirties with brown hair standing about 5 feet 6 inches.

Anyone with information about the unidentified male is asked to call Campbell at (423) 272-4848.                                                                                                                      

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