Phenix City Police arrest neighbor for home invasion

By Chauncy Glover - bio | e-mail 

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, a home on 40th street in Phenix City became the scene of a recent home invasion.

Neighbors say Eric Smith went into a home and put a knife to a woman's throat - holding her hostage.

Police arrested Smith shortly after the incident.  We're told the suspect may be the victim's neighbor.

We spoke with the suspect's family. The mother tells us he was a known alcoholic and he may have been drunk.

I love him to death, but he shouldn't have pulled a knife on anyone and held them hostage," says the suspect's uncle, Samuel Moris.

No word on any other arrests. Phenix City Police are still investigating this case.

News Leader 9 spoke briefly with the victim who says she wasn't hurt during the incident, but she was in shock and couldn't stop crying, as family members took her to the police station to identify the suspect.

Smith has been charged with robbery and transported to the Russell County Jail. The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of Phenix City Police Department.