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KPD: Man arrested after following 92-year-old Knoxville woman home, robbing her

Bledsoe ran from officers but was later found hiding in the woods nearby, KPD said.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department has arrested a man accused of robbing a 92-year-old woman outside her home in North Knoxville on Sunday.

Officers responded to a Casey's gas station on Chapman Highway around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday after receiving a tip that the suspect, Micheal Bledsoe, was there, according to KPD. 

Bledsoe ran from officers but was later found hiding in the woods nearby, KPD said.

Officers responded to a robbery at a home near Tazewell Pike on Sunday around 4 p.m. According to KPD, the woman reported she had arrived home from the Sam's Club on Knoxville Center Drive. As she unlocked her door, she said Bledsoe approached her, snatched her purse and ran. KPD said the purse had cash and credit cards inside, which were later used at local businesses.

KPD said investigators discovered Bledsoe had followed the woman home from the Sam's Club in a Ford pick-up truck before he robbed her.

Credit: KPD
Michael Bledsoe, 32

When Bledsoe was captured, he was found in possession of suspected heroin, according to KPD. 

Bledsoe is charged with robbery, identity theft, evading arrest and sale, delivery of marijuana, evading arrest, resisting arrest and drug possession.

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