published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Two men arrested, charged after trying to rob downtown Chattanooga businesses at gunpoint

A man armed with a handgun attempted to rob two downtown businesses early this morning, according to Chattanooga police.

Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, a man wielding a handgun walked into the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 200 Chestnut St. and demanded cash from the clerk at the front desk, according to police. The clerk was unable to open the register, and the man fled.

About 20 minutes later, the same suspect walked into the McDonald's at 1117 E. Third St., displayed the gun and demanded cash. He left with an undisclosed amount of money, but was quickly spotted by police in a dark Buick.

Officers cornered the vehicle in a parking lot and discovered two men inside. The men, 27-year-old Rodrick Smith and 36-year-old Kevin Perkins, surrendered without incident.

Both suspects have been charged with aggravated robbery, felony evading, attempted aggravated robbery, and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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