A woman in Tennessee said, "Not today," when a robbery suspect broke into her home over the weekend.
On Saturday, around 9:00 p.m., Kingsport Police Department officers responded to 3927 Bond Drive in reference to reports of a home invasion that apparently went horribly wrong for the suspect.
Police say the resident of the home, a 52-year-old woman standing 4'11", answered a knock at her door to find a woman holding a flyer about a lost dog. As soon as she opened the door, a masked man stepped into the doorway, grabbed her arm, and attempted to pull her outside. When this initial assault proved unsuccessful, the masked man pushed the resident back inside the home and shouted, "This is a robbery!"
A struggle ensued, during which time the victim was able to partially remove the mask from the suspect's face. In doing so, she immediately recognized the man as Joe M. Sotello, a longtime family friend. She also noticed what appeared to be a handgun tucked in Sotello's waistband. The victim grabbed a baseball bat from behind the door and fought back in clearly justifiable self-defense.
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