By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A Knox County woman and her brother are trying to get their lives back in order after being robbed in her home Sunday morning.
Linda Gray, 56, and her brother, 55-year-old Michael Bingham, were asleep in her home when Gray said she heard something.
“I heard the front door bust in,” she said. “I had no time to get out of bed when one came into my (bed)room.”
She learned then there were two men in her home.
She said the robber in her room noticed her cell phone.
“He unplugged the phone from the charger,” she said. “Then he stood over me and said he’d slit my throat.”
She said the two men had split up after entering her home. The other suspect cornered Bingham in his bedroom, said Gray.
“He was brought in the living room,” she said, explaining she cares for her brother, who is handicapped. “(The suspect) was shining a flashlight in (Bingham’s) eyes — I could hear (the suspect) tell him to put his head down.”
She said they were after whatever medication she had.
“I gave them what they wanted,” Gray said. “And the one kept saying he’d slit my throat if I didn’t hurry up.”
According to Gray, the suspects then brought Bingham into her room with her.
“They told us to sit in there for an hour,” she said. “They said they had people watching the house and if we left, we’d get shot.”
However, Gray was undeterred by the threat.
“I waited a couple minutes, until I heard a vehicle drive away,” she said. “Then I ran to a neighbor’s house to call police.”
Deputy Claude Hudson leads the investigation.
“I met (Gray) in her driveway,” he said.
Hudson said he seeks the public’s help in locating the two suspects, both of whom are described as white males.
“Maybe somebody saw something that would help us,” he said.
Gray looks forward to the suspects getting caught.
“It was a crazy robbery,” she said. “I’ve never been so scared in all my life.”
Neither she nor Bingham were hurt in the ordeal. “I have to be OK,” she said, adding her brother also remains fearful. “He is so scared he won’t come back home.”
If anyone has any information about this robbery, contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Department at 606-546-3181. All information received will be strictly confidential.