Metro police on Thursday arrested a Brentwood man found earlier this month hiding in the closet of a home in the Bradford Hills subdivision of south Nashville.
James Towry, 30, is accused of entering the home during the early morning hours of March 22.
Towry, who was total stranger to the Bradford Hills family, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at his Brentwood landscaping job.
He refused to be interviewed by detectives and will be booked on a felony charge of aggravated burglary, police said.
Detectives allege Towry entered the home in the 6000 block of Bradford Hills Drive through an open garage door at approximately 2:30 a.m.
The 33-year-old resident was lying in bed watching TV. Her two children, a seven-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl, were asleep across the hall.
The victim got up after hearing her children's bedroom door open. She found both children sound asleep.
After seeing something in her peripheral vision and turning toward the children's bedroom closet, the victim was horrified to see a man, now alleged to be Towry, hiding inside the closet.
She screamed and the man fled the bedroom.
“This was a very, very, very, disturbing case, to realize that someone is actually in the home and in the bedroom where children are safe and sound and sleeping,” Metro south precinct Commander Michael Alexander.
The victim described the man as a white man who had a short military-style haircut and wore a red sleeveless shirt.
Using the description provided, officers and detectives worked diligently to identify Towry as the suspect. The victim positively identified him from a photo lineup.
“The family seems very relieved, was very appreciative of everyone's effort regarding the case. I'm quite confident tonight they'll be able to sleep more at peace,” Alexander said.
Towry is being held in the Metro jail on a $50,000 bond.
In 2001, Towry was convicted of stalking and telephone harassment after a south Nashville resident reported a man had been repeatedly calling his 27-year-old daughter speaking obscenities.
The resident believed it was the same person who showed up in his backyard nude wearing only a mask over his face. Towry received 60-day sentences for each of the two charges.
Also in 2001, Towry was convicted of aggravated criminal trespassing and misdemeanor assault in Rutherford County following his arrest in the restroom of a women's high rise dormitory at Middle Tennessee State University.
In 2006, state records reflect that Towry was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in Williamson County.
He also has arrests for DUI and other driving offenses in Williamson County.
- March 22, 2012: Nashville mom finds man hiding in kids' closet