On Monday June 3, 2019, at approximately 12:15 am a residence on St. George Drive in Fairfield Glade was burglarized. The residence was occupied by a male and female victim who were familiar with the suspected burglar. The victims barricaded themselves in their bedroom when they realized an intruder was breaking into their home. The suspect tried repeatedly to gain entry into the bedroom but was unsuccessful.
Sometime during the attempted intrusion, the suspect fired several rounds through the door of the victim’s bedroom. The suspect then fled the residence and was observed by a Fairfield Glade Police Officer. The suspect vehicle then turned onto Peavine Road where the Fairfield Glade unit activated the emergency equipment of blue lights and siren and began a short pursuit down Peavine Road and on to I-40 which ended on the Genesis Road exit. The vehicle came to a stop on the exit and the suspect was taken into custody. During the pursuit, officers observed the suspect throw something from the fleeing vehicle. Officers returned to the area and discovered a weapon at the location and another weapon was found inside the suspect vehicle.
Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and Fairfield Glade Police Department were all involved in the apprehension of the suspect. Two other Fairfield Glade units arrived at the residence and observed the bedroom door which had several bullet holes. The victims were unharmed in the residence. Sheriff Casey Cox stated that he believed the specific residents were targeted because of their familiarity with each other. Chief Mike Williams stated that he was very appreciative to the Crossville Police Department and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the swift apprehension of the intruder.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Investigators began an investigation assisted by Fairfield Glade Police. Charged in the crime is Andrew Nicholas Rich, age 29, of Blackbear Court, Crossville. He is charged with 2 counts of attempted 1st Degree Murder and 1 count of Aggravated Burglary. Rich is in the Cumberland County Jail on a $1,020,000.00 bond awaiting a June 24, 2019 court date.’