KCSO: Corryton man arrested in home invasion, attack

March 16, 2017: A Corryton man wanted in an assault and robbery is in custody thanks to a tip.

UPDATE 7:30 PM THURSDAY: A Corryton man is in custody in connection with a home-invasion attack and robbery that sent a 65-year-old man to the hospital with head injuries.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Jeffrey Eric Smiddy, 38. He was arrested Thursday at a LaFollette home on an aggravated robbery warrant.

More charges are expected, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Late Tuesday Robert McCowan arrived at his Corryton home to find a man inside. 

Authorities allege Smiddy hit him with a pipe, took several items and fled in McCowan's Nissan Altima.

After the media ran a description of the car, a citizen recognized it in LaFollette and reported it to police there. An officer saw it on the road but then lost sight of it, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office later found the car near the residence where Smiddy was arrested," according to Knox County authorities.

McCowan's items have been recovered.

PREVIOUS STORY: An intruder attacked a Corryton man with a metal pipe late Tuesday in his home and then fled with the man's Nissan Altima, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Robert McCowan, 65, is being treated in an area hospital for head wounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

McCowan was assaulted by a stranger shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. He found the man inside his Shelton Road house when he arrived home, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

The attacker took "multiple items" as well as the car.

A description of the robber has not been released.

Deputies seek the public's help in the case.

McCowan's Nissan was still missing as of Wednesday night.

It's described as a gray-blue, four-door 2008 Altima. According to the Sheriff's Office, it has Tennessee tag 795-DCV.

If you have any information, call the Sheriff's Office at 865-215-2242.

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