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Armed home invader caught inside residence while owners present

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

From WRIL -

Stephen Dozier - BCDC

Overnight WRIL was contacted about a home invasion in the Ford’s Woods area of Middlesboro. Chief Tom Busic states in a press release that dispatch received a call from a home owner of a home invasion.


WRIL has spoken to the woman - wishing not to be identified - who tells us that the invader, identified as 26 year old Stephen Dozier of Baxter Kentucky was armed and beating on doors and windows. The woman also tells us that Dozier finally made entry into her home through a window breaking the glass injuring himself in the process. She states that he made his way throughout the home dripping blood from his injury as she and her family hid in the master bathroom.


Responding to the scene moments later were Officers Joel Quillen, Nick Capps, Sgt. Josh Burchett, K-9 Officer Harvey Johnson, and K-9 Atlas. Quillen and Capps forced entry in to the rear of the home to confront Dozier who tried to flee out the front door only to be met by Sgt. Burchett, Officer Johnson, and K-9 Atlas. Dozier was then taken into custody without further incident.


Dozier was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with Burglary 1st degree and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.


The woman tells WRIL that she wants to thank the Middlesboro officers who responded quickly and the dispatcher who stayed on the line with her until officers had Dozier in custody and made contact with her.


While no Bell County records of arrest have been immediately found on Dozier, he has been arrested several times in Harlan County on various charges including possession of Methamphetamine, criminal trespassing, terroristic threatening, public intoxication, assault and several motor vehicle violations.

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