Your high school biology teacher taught you some of the deadliest creatures were also some of the tiniest.
This guy must have slept through that lesson because he tried to break into a 52-year-old East Tennessee woman’s house.
And she was not having it!
According to Kingsport Police, the woman answered her door at night and found a woman holding a flyer about a lost dog.
Suddenly a masked man stepping in the doorway and grabbed the victim’s arm, shoved her into the house and shouted, “This is a robbery!”
Needless to say, an altercation took place.
The woman was able to remove his mask to reveal Joe M. Sotello, a longtime family friend!
After seeing what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband, the victim grabbed a baseball bat from behind the door and fought back in “clearly justifiable self-defense,” according to a Kingsport Police release.
Two 18-year-old women who were also inside the home then joined in driving Sotello out of the house and onto the front lawn. The woman who had been holding the flyer, later identified as Sotello’s girlfriend, drove off.
“Mr. Sotello attempted to get into the car with her; however, he could not escape the three women who continued to get the better of him,” the release noted.
Get the better of him indeed! By the time he managed to run away, the women had already done a number on him. Check out what he looked like!
Hey, you want to break into people’s houses, you better be prepared to have a few bones broken!
Authorities explained that Sotello was eventually able to run away, but then showed up at a home belonging to one of the victim’s relatives. He got into a fight there too and the relative detained Sotello until police arrived.
He has been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. His girlfriend told police she cooperated out of fear and has currently not been charged.
Police said Sotello did confess to the crime. (Did he have another choice? His face looked like a smashed pie!)
He stated he “had been going through some hard times.” He is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $35,000 bond.
Guess times are looking a little tougher now.
Police commended the 4 foot 11 inch tall victim, impressed she was able to fend off an attacker who was a foot taller and 18 years her junior.
“Yet, despite being at a clear physical disadvantage, she successfully defended herself and her home from Mr. Sotello’s unprovoked attack.”