“Naked Burglar” Sighting Leads to Foot Search

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- Two schools locked down during a manhunt Wednesday in East Madison County as officers searched the woods for a suspected burglar on the run. Madison County Deputies and Jackson Police officers combed the woods beside Rose Hill Middle School for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon searching for burglary suspect Dustan T. Smith, 41. Smith was wanted out of Henderson County for two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of sexual battery. Smith is accused of breaking into two homes, stripping down naked and assaulting the mothers as they slept with their young children. “It’s very worrisome, very worrisome,” said mother Dorothy Pruitt. “You have all of these kids standing out here.” Both Rose Hill Middle and Beech Bluff Elementary School were put on lock down after Smith was spotted at a nearby Dollar General. “I went up to the front and they said they’re not letting anybody in,” said father Michael Cole. “So many things are happening now a days it’s so crazy so that’s a good thing, I mean I can wait.” Madison County Deputies and JPD officers combed through more than 300 acres of brush and farmland with K-9 search dogs after a deputy witnessed smith running into the woods beside Rose Hill Middle. After hours of tracking, officers said Smith was found by K-9 officers off of Flex Drive just before 4:30 p.m. Rose Hill School officials told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News students were allowed to leave around 5 p.m. Some parents said they experienced a breakdown in communication during the lock down. “They didn’t tell me why or what the situation was but I saw blue lights and I’m concerned,” said parent Keith Mutzbauer. Many parents said although the manhunt was scary, they believe law enforcement did an excellent job handling the emergency. “We are concerned about our children so you do whatever you have to do to protect them,” said parent Lacynthia Comer. “I appreciate this because this is a really good safety measure and I’m thankful for it.” District leaders said Beech Bluff Elementary School students were able to leave at their normal time, only students riding a Rose Hill bus were affected. Officials said Smith was immediately taken to the Henderson County Jail. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of sexual battery. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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