Woman 4’11” Beats Robber with a Baseball Bat

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- A Kingsport homeowner came face to face with a man who forced his way inside her home over the weekend.

Police said that man tried to rob her, but didn’t know what he had coming.

It all started around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night, police said a woman who lives on Bond Drive answered a knock at the door when she saw a woman was holding a “Lost Dog” flyer.

Kingsport Police Department’s public information officer, Tom Patton described what happened next.

“That was apparently a ruse designed to get her to open the door, as soon as she opened the door, a man stepped in front of the woman holding the flyer, he had a mask on,” Patton said.

Patton said that’s when a struggle would follow, the suspect trying to push 52-year-old Lisa Morelock in and out of her home.

Monday afternoon we went to Bond Drive, and found Lisa Morelock who explained that after the suspect pushed his way inside her home, her instinct to fight back kicked in.

“I was scared for a few seconds in there, and then momma bear kicked in on me and, no, not today,” Morelock said.

According to police, Morelock was able to remove part of the man’s mask and recognized him as a long-time family friend identified as 34-year-old Joe Sotello.

Standing at just 4 feet 11 inches tall Morelock was staring at someone almost one foot taller, and 100 lbs heavier.

Morelock said that wasn’t going to stop her from fighting back.

“I reached over, and grabbed a bat, and its an aluminum bat,” Morelock said.

According to police, two other teenage witnesses inside the home also stepped in.

Together the three females pushed Sotello from the home.


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