'He acted like an animal': Hawkins woman backs naked burglar out of her home with rifle

Jeff Bobo • Apr 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A 54-year-old Hawkins County woman was sitting down to have a cup of coffee and watch the news Saturday morning when she was interrupted by a naked man banging on her back door with a stick shouting, “You're going to die.”

The woman told the Times News on Monday that a man later identified as Tomothy Joey Anderson managed to get through the door and into the kitchen of her home, which is located on Rogers Road north of Rogersville .

She backed Anderson out the door with a rifle and called the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. By the time Anderson was arrested, he had allegedly broken into three residences and caused substantial damage to her son's nearby home.

Anderson, 38, 110 Winegar Hollow Road, Rogersville, reportedly told the HCSO he was trying to gather items to survive. HSCO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said Anderson's nakedness and behavior was attributed to him being intoxicated on drugs.

The victim agreed to talk to the Times News about her experience on the condition that her name was left out of the article.

“He was butt naked,” she said.

KTN: That must have come as quite a surprise.

“Yes. Before 8 a.m., and I live alone. I was terrified.”

KTN: What were you doing when this happened?

“I had just made my cup of coffee, sat down and turned the news on. I heard something at my back door. Bam! I thought, what in the world. I knew it wasn't my son because he'd gone to work. I went to the edge of my kitchen and looked out, and I saw a naked man with a stick beating through my screen door toward my door hollering, 'Let me in. You're going to die. You're going to die.' I just said, 'Oh s---' and I went and grabbed my gun.”

KTN: Did he get inside your house?

“By the time I went to my room, got my gun and got back to the kitchen he had busted through the door and he was in my kitchen. I pointed the gun at him, said a few choice words, and he's like, 'You're going to die, we're all going to die!' I'm like, 'No. If you don't get out of here you're fixing to die right now.' Finally, I backed him out my door and halfway down my driveway, and he ran across to my other neighbor's house. After he was gone I jumped in the car and dialed 911 going down the driveway because I was so scared.”

KTN: Did he break into your son's house as well?

“Oh yeah. He kicked the door in, tore up the dressers and threw stuff everywhere. Busted a hole in the wall.”

KTN: Did he ever give you any idea why he was acting like that?

“He acted like an animal. I don't think he knew what he was doing.”

KTN: Did you see him any more after that?

“I followed the police down here (to a neighbor's house), and my nephew came down the driveway and said he was laying down there (at a vacant residence) on the porch.”

KTN: Was he looking for clothes?

“I don't know what he was looking for. All he was saying was, ‘You're going to die. We're all going to die.’ I've never seen anything like that and pray I never do again. It thoroughly terrorized me.”

KTN: Do you think the gun deterred him?

“I don't think at first he realized what it was until I told him I was going to blow his head off, and I had it pointed right at his head.”

KTN: Apparently he had a moment of clarity.

“It seemed like he did. Something triggered him and made him start backing out the door.”

KTN: There’s no telling what would have happened if you didn’t have that rifle.

“I know. That's what makes me tremble now. I just can't quit trembling over it now. If I hadn't had that (rifle) I don't know what would have happened. I thank the Good Lord, believe me.”

Anderson was charged with three counts of aggravated burglary, vandalism over $1,000 and indecent exposure, and he was being held at the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set. He is currently on parole from a 2017 conviction for aggravated assault and attempted kidnapping for which he was sentenced to eight years.

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