Attempted home intruder allegedly high on bath salts had two large knives

Jeff Bobo • May 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Mount Carmel man was allegedly high on bath salts when he attempted to break into a woman’s home with two large bowie knives early Sunday morning.

Justin Shane Jones, 28, 825 S. Sherbrooke Circle, Mount Carmel, was arraigned Monday on charges that included two counts of unlawful carry of a weapon, possession of synthetic derivative, possession of marijuana, and public intoxication.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence at 2100 Isaac Avenue after a woman called 911 and said someone was trying to break into her home.

HCSO Detective Scott Stewart stated in his report that when he arrived he made contact with Jones near the victim’s residence. Jones matched the description of the attempted home intruder given to a 911 dispatcher.

“Mr. Jones appeared to be under the influence of a some type of synthetic drug,” Stewart said. “Mr. Jones stated that he’d been assaulted by several ‘black men’ but did not appear to have any injuries. Mr. Jones’ pupils were pinpoint and he continued to ramble.”

Jones reportedly denied drinking alcohol or taking drugs. When Stewart searched Jones, however, the detective allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and a plastic baggy containing a white powder, which Jones identified as “Moth” — a brand of bath salts.

A backpack belonging to Jones was discovered nearby. Inside the backpack, deputies allegedly found “two large bowie-type knives.”

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Thursday that Jones had no explanation for the alleged attempted break-in, although Jones and the intended victim were acquaintances.

As of Thursday Jones remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $20,000, and is scheduled for trial June 24 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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