Mom returns home, finds daughter held at gunpoint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's every mother's nightmare. A northwest Knoxville mom returned home on Sunday to her 22 year-old daughter screaming that an intruder had held her and her two year-old at gunpoint, according to the Knox Co. Sheriff's Office.

But when the intruder took off carrying a television under one arm, Malissa Deskin wasn't about to let him get away.

"If they had not gotten my home, they would've gotten someone else's. And may not have gotten caught," said Deskin.

After calling 911, police reports said she jumped in her vehicle and and drove to where the nearby woods emptied onto Middlebrook Pike and found a blue Nissan Quest parked in West Towne Christian Church, with both the gunman and another suspect in it.

Deskin cut off the Quest to keep the pair from getting away. The alleged gunman, Isaac Wilker Lane, ran back into the woods; but the driver, Leroy Heath, stayed in the van until officers arrived and arrested him. K-9 and aerial units were called in and found Lane.

Deskin says she knows she put her life in danger, but felt that she had to protect her family.

"I probably shouldn't have gone after them, but now two criminals are off the street, and no one was hurt," said Deskin.

Both men have been charged with Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Employing a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. The Knox Co. Sheriff's Office added the investigation is ongoing.


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  • by Dawn Franks Location: w knoxville on Oct 17, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    yeah my house was robbed today. I am Matthew Wootens mom and I'm certain he robbed me today, as well as knew about the actions taking place the night this incident occurred. He was a close friend with Scott Heath.

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