Kingsport man breaks into ex-girlfriend's home, attacks male guest with hammer

Jeff Bobo • Aug 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s house in Church Hill, attacking her male guest with a large hammer, and threatening to kill her.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Brian Boggs responded to a complaint of a man attempting to gain entry into a residence at 526 Church Lane, Lot 17.

While en route, Central Dispatch told Boggs that the man, later identified as Jeffery Carroll Flanary, 50, 1834 Fort Robinson Drive, Kingsport, had gained entry into the residence and contact was lost with the person who had called 911.

“Upon arrival I observed the back door of the residence open,” Boggs said. “I entered the residence and observed Jeffrey Flanary belligerent and armed with a large hammer. I ordered the male to drop the weapon in which he complied. He was then detained.”

The victim, Tabitha Collins, reportedly stated that Flanary was her ex-boyfriend and he had come to the residence.

When she wouldn’t let him in, he started beating on the door until it was forced open. Flanary then allegedly entered the residence armed with a large hammer.

“She stated that he made threats to kill her and a male visitor in the residence,” Boggs said. “While she was calling 911, the visitor, Mr. Jason Chase, and Flanary got into an altercation in which Chase was hit in the right hand with the hammer. Chase was able to get away and was outside the residence when officers arrived.”

Chase also stated that Flanary had made threats to kill him with the hammer before the altercation began.Flanary was charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.

Flanary was released from the Hawkins County Jail on bond Thursday.

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