Man injured in home invasion robbery

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   An elderly Elizabethton man was injured during a home invasion robbery when three men claiming to be law enforcement officers forced their way into his residence Thursday night and stole approximately $700.
   Jerry R. Livingston, 65, of 102 Franklin Place Drive, Apt. 10, sustained a broken foot and other injuries to his legs, according to a police report on the incident.
   Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were dispatched to Livingston's residence at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday.
   "When I arrived I spoke with a male subject standing outside who was identified as Mr. Earl Nave," states EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey in his report on the incident. "He advised that he had observed three male subjects running from the apartment building and stated that one of them was carrying a shotgun, and had fled on foot."
   At that time, Bailey went into Livingston's residence and spoke with him. "He advised that he had just been robbed by three males who claimed to be 'cops,'" Bailey states in his report. "As I was speaking to Mr. Livingston, I observed that the apartment appeared to be in a disarray. A lamp on an end table had been turned over and an exercise bike had been turned over. I also noticed that loose changed and several different credit cards were lying on the floor as well."
   While speaking with Livingston, Bailey noticed that the man had sustained injuries to his legs and the officer called for emergency medical services to respond to the scene to treat the victim.
   Livingston then continued to describe what happened to the officer while awaiting members of the Carter County Rescue Squad to respond to the scene. "Mr. Livingston advised that the subjects were dressed in black and were wearing ski masks, and had placed a shotgun to his head," Bailey states in his report. "He also advised that they appeared to have some type of radio microphone on their shirts, but had no badges or patches visible."
   At that time, Bailey advised other law enforcement officers of the information which Livingston had given him about his attackers and had the other units attempt to set up a perimeter around the apartment complex.
   "As I was checking around the outside of the building, I located a black ski-mask lying next to Stateline Road," Bailey states in his report. "Ptl. (Richard) Haney also located a black Nike toboggan lying beside the railroad tracks next to Stateline Road. Officer Haney also located a medication bottle with the victim's name on it lying between the tracks at the Americourt Hotel parking lot."
   Officers continued to search the area but were unable to locate any suspects Thursday night. Investigators with the Elizabethton Police Department also responded to the scene and collected the evidence gathered by officers so that it could be processed.
   Livingston was transported by the CCRS to the emergency room at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. "It was determined by the ER physician that Mr. Livingston suffered a broken foot as a result of the incident," Bailey states in the report.
   While at the hospital, Livingston was able to give officers a more detailed description of what had happened. Livingston advised officers that three subjects known to him -- two males and a female -- had been at his residence earlier in the evening but had left.
   Livingston reported that later in the evening, he went to his bedroom and began playing a card game on his computer. "Mr. Livingston stated that he had played for a few minutes and then he heard a knock at his front door," states Bailey in his report. "Mr. Livingston advised that he went to answer the door, and when he opened the door he was knocked back and into the exercise bike by three male subjects dressed in black."
   According to the report, Livingston advised officers that the three males stated that they were law enforcement officers and were at his residence looking for a female subject who was a fugitive from justice that Livingston was reportedly hiding. "Mr. Livingston advised that the male subjects pushed him down onto the kitchen floor and kicked him in the legs and told him that they would shoot him if he gave them any trouble," Bailey states in his report. "Mr. Livingston advised that the subjects turned him on his stomach with the shotgun placed to his head, and the two short ones held him down while the tall one grabbed his wallet and pulled his money out of his wallet."
   Further information on the incident or the condition of Livingston was unavailable Saturday night.