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Two in custody after home invasion in Gordon County

Sheriff Mitch Ralston says a man was able to fight off an attack by two home invaders Wednesday night. (Image: Nial Bradshaw - MGN - CC by 2.0.jpg)

UPDATE:

Sheriff Mitch Ralston identified the suspects as 17-year-old Dustin Eugene Freeman of Calhoun and 17-year-old Alex Alcantar, also of Calhoun. Freeman is now in the county jail, and Alcantar remains hospitalized under guard at Erlanger.

Ralston says both will be charged with home invasion, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and cruelty to animals. That last charge, Ralston says, stems from one of the suspects hitting the dog with a baseball bat during the struggle.

Ralston says detectives have recovered masks, gloves, baseball bats, tape, as well as other items of physical evidence. detectives also determined that the defendants took measures to keep from leaving trace evidence at the scene.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston says two men are in custody after breaking into a couple's home and attacking them while they were having dinner.

Ralston says deputy sheriff's were dispatched to a home in the Pine Chapel community just after 8 p.m.

Deputies arrived to find one of the suspects incapacitated in the house.

Ralston says armed neighbors chased a second suspect into a nearby, thickly-wooded area, who held him until deputies put him under arrest.

Ralston says investigators learned the two suspects burst into the home while a married couple was sitting at a table having dinner. Both suspects wore masks and gloves, and were armed with bricks and a baseball bat.

One of the suspects hit the man with a brick, but Ralston says he was still able to wrestle the bat away from the suspect, and use it on him to defend himself and his wife. A

A LifeForce helicopter flew that suspect to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Ralston says the second suspect who was subdued by neighbors is now in the Gordon County jail.

Ralston says detectives spent the night on the crime scene gathering evidence and questioning witnesses, and he'll release more information about the case later on Thursday.

Depend on us to keep you posted on this developing story.

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