A Knoxville man is in custody after Blount County authorities say he walked into the home of an elderly woman on Balsam Street in Seymour.
Deputies responded to the woman's home around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The victim's son told deputies he was on his way home from work and was talking on the phone with his mother when he heard her yelling at someone to get out of her house.
He told officers he immediately went to her home and found a man standing in the doorway between the kitchen and living room holding a shovel.
The woman’s son, who has a handgun carry permit, told the man to drop the shovel. The two men scuffled, but the woman’s son was able to pin the suspect to the floor and hold him at gunpoint until Sheriff’s deputies arrived.
There were no serious injuries, but the female victim was taken to the hospital to be checked out. The woman’s son received a small cut on his hand.
The name of the 29-year-old suspect is not being released pending formal charges.
He is being held in the Blount County Detention Facility.