Police: Offender removes monitor, stabs homeowner

Credit: CMPD

Tomy Lee Bass

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 9:50 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man who was on the run from Charlotte police allegedly broke in to a north Charlotte home and stabbed the homeowner early Tuesday morning.

Tomy Lee Bass removed his electronic monitoring device on Friday--the 26th offender to do so in Mecklenburg County this year.  Police say Bass then broke in to a home in the 2500 block of Rachel Street around 4:30 a.m.

"Once officers arrived at the home, the victim stated that the suspect forced his way into the residence and a struggle ensued before the suspect stabbed the homeowner," CMPD said in a statement.

Bass allegedly ran from the home and a K-9 unit tracked him into the back yard of a home near Rachel Street and Norris Avenue.

"During his apprehension (Bass)...was bitten by the K-9 and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries," police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital with what officials are calling serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Bass has since been released from the hospital and is at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Bass is charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.  He was placed on electronic monitoring on December 4 following an auto larceny charge.

Police are monitoring more than 375 offenders with electronic monitoring devices.  In all, 28 people removed the device in 2011 compared to the 26 this year.

Police say most of the people who cut off monitors are involved in domestic violence cases and very few commit violent acts.

"It's fairly rare.  Usually when they cut a monitor off it's because they have a domestic violence situation.  They don't want to go to court because they know they will serve some active time," said CMPD Sgt. Dave Scheppegrell.

He supervises the program for CMPD and says on the surface Bass appeared to be low risk. His record is filled with minor offenses.

"He had completed the treatment program.  He was going to be out on the street whether the police department was monitoring him or not.  We don't ask the courts to reduce bond or unsecure bonds.  The courts look at the totality of each one of the circumstances and they decide," added Sgt. Scheppegrell.

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