A man who wrestled with two home invaders said he plans to buy a gun and alarm system after coming face to face with the two young intruders.
"I am going to go get a gun today and an alarm system," Branden "Chi-Chi" Mathena said. "I just want to feel safe and it's all worth it to take precautions."
Mathena said around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, two young black males entered his house in the 1200 block of Villa Place through an unlocked door.
The man's roommate, nicknamed Sinister, confronted one of the intruders in the foyer and fought with him.
"Sinister hid in the hallway and a gentleman came in the house," he said. "Sinister started yelling while wrestling with that guy and he ran out."
He continued, "When I woke up and came outside the first guy left. There was another guy standing in the yard, so I started confronting him."
At one point, the assailant dropped a handgun in the front yard. When he found it, Mathena said the man pointed the gun in his face and laughed.
"He said I got my gun now and laughed at me," he said. "That's the only time I heard him talk."
Both burglars are described as teenage black boys wearing blue jeans. One was in a white shirt. The other was wearing a blue shirt.
Mathena said one of them had dreadlocks around four inches long. He also said the teens looked familiar to him from the area.
"Its fight or flight," Mathena said. "I was in fight mode and I kind of regret it because I could have been killed."
He continued, "I actually chased him, even though I know he had a gun I still chased him. What was I going to do if I caught him? I would have gotten shot probably."
Mathena said the burglars did not steal anything from the home.Mathena said he moved to the Edgehill Village area four years ago and up until a month ago there have been no issues with crime.
"In the last month we have had cars getting broken into and now this robbery," he said. "I am going to make some fliers and I am going to tell the neighbors."
Canine units responded to the scene but did not locate the suspects.
The invasion remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210