By Nathan Baker
Police say a west Carter County woman was beaten and choked until she passed out in her home by robbers who stole her vehicle, only to abandon the SUV in Johnson City after it ran out of fuel.
Investigator Larry Vaughn said Charleen Woodby reported the strong-arm robbery early Tuesday morning, saying a black male, who may be nicknamed “Rat,” and a white female were in her home when the man grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down.
According to a report filed by Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tracie Phipps, Woodby told officers the male sat on top of her and repeatedly punched her in the face while choking her.
She told officers he then put a kitchen knife in his back pocket and began choking her again until she lost consciousness.
Woodby told police the robbers took two cellphones and $27 in cash from her home and left in her 1996 Chevrolet Blazer.
When she regained consciousness, Woodby said she ran to a bedroom window to scream for help.
A neighbor who heard the commotion and approached the home to investigate said he saw Woodby’s Blazer leaving the home, but could not see who was driving it.
Vaughn said the vehicle was later found on State of Franklin Road in Johnson City, apparently abandoned after running out of gasoline.
Vaughn said the incident is still under investigation.