By MELINDA WILLIAMS
CARROLL COUNTY – A Tennessee man and his 16-year-old son are facing multiple charges after allegedly invading a Carroll County woman’s home and threatening to kill her and her children.
Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said his office received a call at 12:04 a.m. Saturday that two armed men had broken into Connie Sue Denham’s home in the 8,000 block of Ivanhoe Road. Gardener said the men were holding Denham and her two children against their will and had threatened to kill them.
The sheriff’s offices from Carroll and Wythe counties and Virginia State Police responded to the scene. They found James D. Miller, 41, of Dandridge, Tenn. and his son still inside the residence, according to the sheriff.
Gardner said Miller had Denham’s cell phone and a mask, while a loaded .38-caliber handgun, extra ammunition and gloves were found under a nearby bed. The victim identified the gun and gloves as belonging to Miller. Miller’s son allegedly had a mask, a roll of duct tape, a pair of gloves and two flashlights.
A car found nearby contained binoculars and packing materials for gloves, masks, duct tape and binoculars that had been purchased from a Walmart in Kingsport, Tenn. earlier that day, said Gardner. He noted the car is registered to a family member of Miller.
“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,” Gardner said of the incident.
“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; they knew when this call came in, it was a matter of life or death for the family inside the house,” he added, thanking Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
Miller is being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail on eight felonies and four misdemeanors.
Miller’s felony charges include one count each of breaking and entering a dwelling in the nighttime, while armed, with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery or arson, and wearing a hood or mask to conceal his identity, and three counts each of abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Misdemeanor’s filed against the Tennessee father include one count each of contributing to the delinquency of a child (having his juvenile son present during the alleged crime) and destruction of property, and two counts of violation of a protective order.
Miller’s son is charged with one felony count of breaking and entering a dwelling in the nighttime, while armed, with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery or arson, and three counts each of felony abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held in New River Valley Juvenile Detention Center awaiting a hearing.
The identity of the son is not being released due to his age.