Home invasion suspects terrorize Sumner County family

Home invasion suspects terrorize Sumner County family (Image 1)

Two men accused of breaking into a Sumner County home and terrorizing the family remain in police custody Wednesday night.

The terrifying incident occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday in a remote section of the county.

Daniel Gregory and Joseph Harris are said to have kicked in the back door of the family's home to gain entrance.

Once inside the home the pair allegedly burst into a bedroom where a 22-year-old pregnant woman, her four-year-old son and boyfriend were.

The men were reportedly carrying weapons, including a shot gun, which authorities said was used to hit the woman's boyfriend in the head, knocking him unconscious.

“[My boyfriend] gave him all the money we had and another guy kept beating up on him and knocked a kitchen chair over the top of him knocking him completely unconscious. He got a concussion and his tooth went through his lip. Thank the Lord he is ok,” the victim, who did not want to be identified, said.

The two men stole a 50 inch television and $300 in cash, as well as taking the couple's cell phones.

The woman told Nashville's News 2 that after the men left, she pulled her unconscious, bleeding boyfriend from the bedroom to her vehicle. She quickly drove to her father's nearby house and called for help.

“It's the scariest thing I have ever experienced in my whole entire life. I never in my life have felt so helpless as a parent,” she said, adding, “It is the scariest feeling you could ever, ever imagine. It is horrifying and terrible, and for your child to witness it…”

The Sheriff's Department responded to the scene and took Gregory and Harris into custody when they drove by the crime scene a short time later.

Sumner County deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of the alleged home invaders.

Authorities reportedly found items belonging to the victims, as well as clues that deputies say will help solve other past home invasions in Sumner County.

Both Gregory and Harris remain jailed on a $500,000 bond.

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