BREAKING NEWS: Murfreesboro man charged in violent home invasion

A Murfreesboro man is charged in connection with a violent home invasion in Wilson County. Sheriff’s department investigators charged Dean A. Waldron, 22, of Murfreesboro, Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 26, 2012, home invasion on Sparta Pike. According to Lt. Ricky Knigh...
Jun 27, 2013
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Dean Waldron

A Murfreesboro man is charged in connection with a violent home invasion in Wilson County.

Sheriff’s department investigators charged Dean A. Waldron, 22, of Murfreesboro, Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 26, 2012, home invasion on Sparta Pike.

According to Lt. Ricky Knight, the victim was home alone with her 2-year-old son at about 1:30 a.m. when someone broke through her front door with a sledgehammer and demanded her purse.

“She told him that her purse was outside in the car,” said Knight. “It wasn’t, but she was trying to get the assailant outside.”

When the intruder went outside, the victim sent her son to her father’s house next door.

“When she got into the car to get her purse, she was able to kick [the intruder],” said Knight.

At that point, the two got into a physical altercation that included him choking her, according to Knight.

“She was ultimately able to fight him off,” said Knight.

He, however, escaped in the woods.

Sheriff’s investigators brought in K-9 units and found a ski mask and a pair of gloves.

Waldron was identified as a suspect during the investigation.

“We believe he was associated with some people that she knew,” said Knight.

DNA taken from the gloves was examined by TBI, and the sample matched DNA submitted by Waldron.

A grand jury indicted Waldron, and police arrested him Wednesday.

“That’s the way good crime scene investigation works,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “It can pay off in making closure to the case.”

Knight said that while burglaries are fairly common in Wilson County, home invasions with the resident present is much more rare.

Waldron is charged with one count of aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated assault, one count of criminal attempt to commit robbery and one count of vandalism under $500.

He was released Wednesday on $10,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.

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