Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Manhunt Results in Two Arrests
A woman returned home earlier today to find her daughter being held at gunpoint by an intruder. Malissa Deskin, of 1145 Durham Road in Northwest Knoxville, disturbed the intruder at approximately 5:30 p.m. holding her 22 year-old daughter, Britny Deskin, at gunpoint, who then fled on foot into the nearby woods with a television under one arm.
After calling E-911, the mother got into her vehicle and drove around to where the woods emptied onto Middlebrook Pike. There she found a blue Nissan Quest parked in the parking lot of West Towne Christian Church, located at 9300 Middlebrook Pike, with the gunman in the passenger seat and a second suspect in the driver's seat. She stopped the van from leaving the parking lot by cutting it off with her vehicle. The gunman jumped out and fled on foot into the woods. The driver stayed in the van, where he was taken into custody when officers arrived on the scene.
After a manhunt that involved both ground units, K-9 units and Aviation, the suspect was taken into custody. The driver is 26 year-old Leroy Heath, the gunman is 18 year-old Isaac Wilker Lane. Both have been charged with one count each of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and Employing a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Bond has not yet been set. Each have a criminal history in Knox County. The investigation is ongoing. Mugshots will be available in the morning.