Man uses skid loader to knock down neighbor's house
POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Tennessee man is facing felony charges after partially demolishing his neighbor's home with his Bobcat skid-loader.
People who know the neighbor, John Lewis, say he's a good man and they don't know what caused him to snap.
Lisa Young's house will have to be demolished. Just about every room has a gaping hole in it.
Last week, Young had gone to run an errand. Her 1 and 3 year old sons were in the house with her brother. They say that suddenly the walls came crashing down.
Lisa's brother ran outside and saw the neighbor on his Bobcat, tearing the house down while holding a gun.
"He's just mean," Young said.
The neighbor, John Lewis, is out on bond and still living next door.
Lewis admits that he tore down the house. He went on the say the family was selling drugs.
The family denies his allegation.
The allegations are under investigation by the White County Sheriff's Department.
"He's a good man. Why he chose this avenue is beyond me. He hasn't told us why," Detective Chris Isom said.
Isom confirms that Lewis had called the sheriff's department before.
"He's made several complaints that there may be illegal activity going on there," Isom said.
Lewis' son is a sergeant with the sheriff's department, but the department said Lewis will be prosecuted like anyone else.
For now, Lisa Young and her four children are living with her parents, just down the road. She's not sure what happens next in her life.
"I'm so lost right now, I don't know what I'm going to do," Young says.
The case against Lewis goes to court in 30 days.