Homeless Man Allegedly Injured in Residential Break-in Treated at Murfreesboro Hospital Then Taken to Jail

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A homeless man who was reportedly injured in a residential burglary that allegedly occurred in Murfreesboro was treated at the St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital for injuries sustained directly after the burglary on Monday.

Reports indicate Michael Robert West attempted to break into a home on North Maple Street and in the process, a resident in the house screamed when she saw the culprit kicking at her door. The man fled on foot and police arrived on the scene and gave chase through several yards in the immediate area. West hid under the porch of a nearby home and refused to exit when ordered to do so by Officer Young.

A police report shows that West took a screwdriver that was in his possession and started cutting himself with it while under the porch. The report claims he told officers he would not go back to jail and police should shoot him. Officers then sent a K-9 under the porch and West decided to surrender just before the police dog bit him.


West was taken to the hospital to be treated for the injuries he sustained while hiding under the porch and to be checked for injuries he may have sustained while struggling with officers once he came out from the porch. After he was cared for by Emergency Room staff, he was discharged and the M-P-D took custody of the 37-year old.

Michael Robert West was charged with the following:


  • Vandalism Under $500
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading Arrest
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Theft Under $500 (X2)
  • Violation of Probation

West was booked under a $71,000 bond at 4:00, Monday afternoon. At this point, he remains behind bars. His court date has been set for March 10, 2014.


MPD Arrest Report
MPD Incident Report Filed by Alleged Attempted Burglary Victim
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

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