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Two men arrested during violent home break-in Tuesday morning

Posted: 1:40 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 14:40:39-05
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two men - one of whom is a convicted felon - were arrested during a break-in early Tuesday morning, Metro police say.

According to police, 26-years-old Nicholas Dears and 19-year-old felon Demarrea Cotton kicked in the side door of a home on Old Matthews Road.

The two men went upstairs to the 69-year-old resident's bedroom, where Cotton struck him in the head with a handgun. Both men then took money from the victim's wallet.

An officer arrived just before 6 a.m. and saw Dears standing in the hallway. Before the officer could act, he heard the sound of a window breaking. The officer ran to the other side of the house, where he was able to catch Cotton, who had jumped out of the second story window and was trying to jump a fence in the back yard.

Officers then entered the home and took Dears into custody.

A 9mm handgun that had fallen from Cotton's pants was found at the scene.

Cotton is charged with felon in possession of a weapon, gun possession in the commission of a felony and especially aggravated burglary. He is being held in lieu of an $80,000 bond.

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Demarrea Cotton

Dears is charged with especially aggravated burglary and is being held on a $60,000 bond.

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Nicholas Dears

Cotton has a prior aggravated robbery conviction and Dears has been convicted of assault, resisting arrest and domestic assault.