Police: Kingsport burglar fought off with baseball bat


A burglary in Kingsport went horribly wrong - for the suspected burglar on Saturday night.

Police said 34-year-old Joe Sotello tried to rob a longtime family friend - a 52-year-old woman. Sotello's girlfriend knocked on the victim's door with a flyer about a lost dog. Sotello tried to force his way inside, but the would-be victim and two 18-year-olds fought back with a baseball bat. Sotello eventually was able to run away.

Authorities added he went to the relative of one of the victims who held him until police arrived. Sotello has been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

The girlfriend said she cooperated out of fear and has currently not been charged.

Police said that Sotello confessed to the crime, stating that he "had been going through some hard times."

He is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $35,000 bond.