Two Catoosa County teens are charged with home invasion, after allegedly forcing themselves into a home, threatening two people inside and firing shots while driving away.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff Department's incident report, 17-year-old Gage Everett Hodge and 18-year-old Jordan Burse were arrested Thursday, Aug. 11, on charges of simple assault, theft, criminal trespassing, and second-degree criminal damage to property.
Deputies arrived at a home on Shope Ridge Road in Ringgold early morning on Aug. 11 in reference to shots being fired. A woman says Hodge and Burse entered the home without permission to confront her and her daughter about making statements to Hodge and Burse's girlfriends of them cheating. A verbal argument then took place and later turned physical. The victim says Burse punched a hole in the wall and Hodge grabbed her by the throat.
As both teens were leaving, a neighbor said he heard screaming and fighting from outside, and while trying to break up the fight his foot got ran over by Hodge.
"One of the girls was saying I want you to get out of here get out of here now and dont come back. He said I'm gonna leave, but I will be back," one neighbor said.
The teens later returned to the home and drove towards the woman, her daughter and neighbor in the driveway, striking a fence and a mailbox in the property before firing gunshots towards the house and drove off again.
A short time later, the boys returned and tried to re-enter the home, which they were unable to do. In response, the report says the teens drove through the yard hitting several objects.
Captain Chris Lyons, of the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, says while the deputies were gathering witness statements, the victim received a phone call from the suspects.
"The two suspects called the victims residence without knowing law enforcement was present. Law enforcement had it on speaker phone in which the suspects made threats to kill the victim," Lyons said.
Deputies later arrested Hodge and Burse a short time after that phone call.
Both teens were released on bond on Monday, Aug. 15.
Lyons also tells us a fire was reported at the home a few hours after the incident and prior to Hodge and Burse's arrest. He says garbage was set on fire behind the home. There was no damage to the home. Lyons went on to say deputies aren't sure if Hodge and burse are connected to the incident, but they are continuing to look into it.