Police investigate robbery

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   Police are investigating an armed robbery and assault that occurred late Monday night when two men held a local resident at gunpoint then stole $80 in cash and more than 100 OxyContin pills.
   Timothy Lee Shelton, 1625 Central Ave., told Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jerry Bradley that around 11 p.m. two men wearing black ski masks and green military-style field jackets with hoods forced their way into his home and pushed him to the floor.
   "Mr. Shelton said he was lying face down in the floor and the taller subject placed a gun to his head and had a knee in his back so he couldn't get up," Bradley's police report states. "The taller subject identified himself as an FBI agent and told the other subject to search the house."
   While one of the men searched the home, the other taped Shelton's hands, legs and mouth with duct tape, then both of the men also searched Shelton, taking the cash and the OxyContin from his front pocket.
   Shelton told police that a friend of his and the friend's three-year-old daughter were in a bedroom inside the home when the robbery occurred. The friend removed the duct tape around Shelton's feet, hands and mouth, then went to a neighbor's house to call police.
   Shelton described one of the men as six feet, two inches tall with a medium build and the other as short and stocky. He said both men were white and the taller man was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.