February 24, 2014
A Tennessee father and son are in custody after deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of an armed home invasion in the 8000 block of Ivanhoe Road in Carroll County.
Sheriff J. B. Gardner advised that on the Saturday morning at 12:04 a.m., his office received a 911 call advising that two armed men had broken into a residence and threatened to kill a mother and her two children. Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies, along with members of the Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the Connie Sue Denham residence and found 41-year-old James D. Miller and his 16-year-old son still inside the residence holding Ms. Denham and her children against their will, Gardner said.
James D. Miller, of Dandridge, Tn., was found in the home by deputies, and had Ms. Denham’s cell phone and a mask in his possession. A loaded .38 caliber handgun, extra ammunition and gloves were located under a bed nearby and identified by the victim as the firearm and gloves that Miller was wearing, Gardner said. When deputies located the 16-year-old son, he had a mask, a roll of duct tape, a pair of gloves and two flashlights in his possession.
A car belonging to one of Mr. Miller’s family member’s was located nearby and contained a pair of binoculars as well as packing materials from the purchase of gloves, masks, duct tape and binoculars that had occurred earlier in the day at a Wal-Mart in Kingsport, Tn., according to the Sheriff.
Gardner said James D. Miller was charged with one felony count of entering a dwelling house, while armed, in the nighttime with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery or arson. He was also charged with three felony counts of abduction, three felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one Felony count of wearing a hood or mask to conceal his identity, two misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order, one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a child (for having a 16-year-old present during the crime), and one misdemeanor count of destruction of property. Miller is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
The 16-year-old juvenile was charged with one felony count of breaking and entering a dwelling house, while armed, in the nighttime with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery or arson. The juvenile was also charged with three felony counts of abduction, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Thej is being held in the New River Valley Juvenile Detention Center until a hearing date can be set, Gardner said.
Sheriff Gardner thanked members of the Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office that heard the call and responded to this event.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of this call and I am thankful for all of the men and women who took the call and those who responded,” Gardner said. “They knew when this call came in it was a matter of life or death for the family inside the house. I cannot imagine many things being scarier to a family, than being in your own home with your children and someone breaking in with intentions of doing you and your children harm.”
Deputies who responded from Carroll County were Sgt. Tony Horton, Cpls. Barry Lineberry and Chuck Edwards and Deputies Joseph Holderfield, Miranda Davis and Brian Felts.