38-year-old Sparta man charged with aggravated assault
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 8, 2019 12:00 pm
Last Updated: July 8, 2019 at 12:25 pm
A White County man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home and assaulted her while his mother reportedly attempted to stop the incident.
On June 22, 2019, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Deputy Donald Dennis, of White County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to 9404 Crossville Highway about a break-in and an assault on the homeowner.
According to an arrest warrant, upon arrival, Dennis spoke with a female who advised him that Jason Lee Hensley had broken into her house and entered her bedroom. He allegedly began choking her and punching her in the face. The female stated she was able to get one of her hands free and started hitting Hensley, while his mother attempted to pull him off the alleged victim.
Hensley had reportedly broken several windows and the door glass at the alleged victim’s house. Hensley’s mother reportedly called E-911 and was attempting to tell the dispatcher about the incident. When Mr. Hensley heard his mother on the phone, he reportedly took the phone and broke it and told her “she was next.”
After Hensley left the premises, the two women called law enforcement officials. Hensley reportedly ran across the highway to a neighbor’s house. He then asked the neighbor for his phone, and the neighbor advised Hensley he did not have a phone. Hensley then reportedly grabbed the neighbor around the neck and told the neighbor he was going to kill him and his family. According to the arrest warrant, the neighbor “was able to talk Mr. Hensley down” and kept Hensley at his house until law enforcement officials arrived.
According to records at the White County Justice Center, Hensley was charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism over $1,000, aggravated assault (two counts), and interference with an emergency call. His initial court appearance was June 23, 2019.