3 charged with breaking into home, assaulting resident
Published 9:23 am Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Three men face felony charges after police say they broke into a county home and assaulted a resident.
Carter County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christian Carrier arrested William Cooper, 52, of 905 Anderson St., Bristol; Isaac Snapp, 22, of 427 Highland Drive, Johnson City; and Jalen Morrison, 20, of 824 Rolling Hills Drive, Johnson City. All three men were charged with one count each of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and vandalism.
On Monday night around 10:15 p.m., Carrier responded to a home on Ed Stout Road in Hampton on a report of a breaking and entering that was in progress. When he arrived on scene, Carrier said he found Harley Breeden lying on the porch bleeding from what appeared to be an injury to the left side of his head.
“I also witnessed blood on the siding beside the front door that started on the floor of the porch and went to the ceiling of the porch,” Carrier said. “I also witnessed an adjustable wrench, with blood on it, lying on the porch.” The officer also noted that the glass in the front door of the home had been broken.
Breeden told the officer that he and Kayla Ruby were in the bedroom of the home when they heard the glass break. Breeden said he then went into the living room to see what was happening and he found four individuals inside the home, two of which he said he knew and provided their names to officers.
Breeden was also able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle the suspects left the scene in and a short time later, CCSO Lt. Penny Garland stopped the suspect vehicle on Highway 19E near the Carter County Detention Center. Carrier said Garland located three subjects inside the vehicle who were later identified as Cooper, Snapp and Morrison.
“Mr. Snapp and Mr. Morrison had what appeared to be blood on their clothing,” Carrier said.
Officers arrested Cooper, Snapp and Morrison and transported them to the jail.
On Tuesday morning, all three men appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court. Judge Keith Bowers Jr., set each man’s bond at $10,000 and scheduled them to return to court on May 27. Bowers also ordered the men to have no contact with Breeden.