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A man suspected of breaking into a home on Sugar Flat Road that was occupied was arrested a short time later and has been charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism.

The man arrested in the incident, Franklin D. Fish, is also a suspect in other burglaries in Wilson County.

According to a news release from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, authorities responded to a reported burglary on Sugar Flatt Road that occurred at about 1:08 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21.

Fish allegedly kicked in the front door of the residence while a female resident was taking a shower. The female heard the door being kicked open when she and the suspect came face-to-face in her bedroom. The suspect ran out the front door to a white four-door vehicle, and the female grabbed a gun and fired once at the vehicle.

While officers were searching for the vehicle, Deputy Sgt. Hank Miller spotted a vehicle allegedly driving recklessly causing another vehicle to drive off the road that matched the description from the burglary.

Miller turned around and noticed that the license plate was bent in such a way that the numbers on it could not be seen. After the vehicle was stopped, the driver was identified as Fish.

The victim in the burglary, who came to the scene, identified the man’s clothing and identified him after he was brought outside of the patrol car.

Fish, according to the release, is on parole and has been in the system since 1986 with 43 burglaries on his record. Det. Chris Hodge filed charges against him in the Sept. 21 incident.

Sheriff Terry Ashe said, “Mr. Fish is someone we have had a lot of problems with over the years. He has only been out of the State Pen a few months and he is back at it again. He is 41 years of age and has spent a large part of his life in and out of the judicial system.”

Ashe said he remains in the Wilson County Jail under a bond of $7,500. Fish is to appear in court on Oct. 27.

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