Man stabbed multiple times by intruder recovers in hospital

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.(WVLT)-- In Pigeon Forge, a homeowner glad to be alive after fighting off an attacker. He said he thought he was going to die. Toby Norton says he came home to find someone in his house and the next thing he knew he was fighting for his life.

Right now, Toby Norton lies in a hospital bed with knife wounds all over his body. Toby Norton says, "He got behind me and cut my throat. I thought I was dead."

It happened at his house around midnight Monday. As Norton got home, he found 18 year-old Zachary Rattler had broken in and Norton was staring into a hunting rifle. Norton says, "I don't know why, but I grabbed the gun and hit him twice. I disarmed him while he crouched on floor."

He called 911 and told Rattler to stay on the ground but the teen stabbed him in the side. Norton says, "I didn't know I got stabbed till I felt the blood running down my side."

He also cut Toby's arm then slashed his throat. Norton says, "When he cut my throat it just felt hot. I felt the knife go to the inside of my mouth."

Norton ran out the front door and Rattler took off in Norton's truck. The cops got Rattler after he went down a dead end street. Lauren Davis asked Norton how he survived the attack. He answered, "Pure adrenaline."

Norton was in surgery for 4 hours Tuesday morning. He's expected to be out of the hospital in 5 days. He has a cut on his lung, diaphragm and stomach. Norton recognized Rattler as a friend of a friend. He says the teen may have been looking for stuff to steal and sell for drugs. Rattler faces criminal conspiracy to commit murder, theft and aggravated burglary charges, to name a few. Rattler is in jail on a million and a half dollars bond.

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