Hendersonville Couple Shaken Up After Brutal, Brazen Home Invasion
by Shannon Royster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Hendersonville couple was awakened one night by strangers standing above them with a shotgun Tuesday morning.
The victims did not want to release their names or show their faces on camera.
"As a parent you never feel more helpless in your entire life, then to feel like you can't protect your own child. You don't know if they're really going to shoot you or not. It is the most numb, sickening feeling that I just can't shake," the woman said.
Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said 23-year-old Daniel Gregory and 21-year-old Joseph Harris were armed when they kicked in the back door to the home the pregnant woman shares with her boyfriend and their 4-year-old son.
The woman said her boyfriend was able to talk the men out of the bedroom to protect his family.
Sheriff Weatherford said, "They beat him with a shotgun. They actually knocked him unconscious. He did receive a concussion and has several lacerations on his head."
"I could hear them right outside my bedroom door banging him up, and that's when I heard this loud boom, so I couldn't hear him anymore or talk. I heard them go out the front door.
I told my son as calmly as I could to lay here, it's going to be okay, just let me get daddy real quick.
I opened the door, and he was just laying there, and I flipped the chair off him and just pulled him in.
I dragged him in the room and locked the door and waited a few minutes," said the woman.
According to Sheriff Weatherford, "They took a flat screen TV, several video games, around 300 dollars in cash, and two cell phones so the victims weren't able to call from the residence."
Police said the victim was able to drive to her parent's house and called 911 from there.
Police said the suspects actually drove back past the home while detectives were there investigating. Deputies thought they looked suspicious, so they gave chase and arrested them.
The couple said they weren't taking any chances in the future, and have decided to install a security system.
The woman said, "We could've all been gone just in the blink of an eye. Don't take a day for granted. I know that."
Both suspects were charged with especially aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft over one thousand dollars.