2 Men Charged In Hixson Home Invasion

Monday, February 17, 2014
Casey Jay Smith
Casey Jay Smith

Two men have been charged in a home invasion in Hixson.

Casey Jay Smith, 30, of 709 Ray Lane, Hixson, and David Johnny Skalka, of 209 Pine St., Soddy Daisy, are charged with attempted especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary.

Police said the home invasion occurred at 6322 Hixson Pike, Apt. B-80, early last Thursday morning.

James Shrum said he was asleep on the couch when his girlfriend, Hillary Schooley, heard a knock at the door. She looked through the peep hole, but it was covered so she opened the door. She said there were four white males inside.

Another man inside, Zachary Rodman, told her to shut the door, but they forced their way inside.

Mr. Shrum said the intruders demanded money, and he was pistol whipped. He said Mr. Rodman came to his aid and was able to fight off the robbers.

The men were last seen getting into a white SUV.

An ambulance went to the scene, but Mr. Shrum declined treatment. He later went to Parkridge Hospital and got staples for his wounds.

Police took a photo lineup back to the residence and Mr. Shrum and Ms. Schooley both picked Smith and Skalka as two of the men involved.

David Johnny Skalka
David Johnny Skalka

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