Chattanooga police arrest armed robbery suspects after driver runs stop sign

Chattanooga police arrest armed robbery suspects after driver runs stop sign

April 26th, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Chattanooga police arrested two men suspected in an armed robbery Wednesday, just hours after the incident.

Donald Roush, 44, and James Harden, 35, are charged with aggravated robbery and were taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Additional charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and theft are pending.

Donald Roush, 44, left, and James Harden, 35, are charged with aggravated robbery and were taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

Donald Roush, 44, left, and James Harden, 35,...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A woman called Chattanooga police to 5966 Brainerd Road at around 1 p.m. after she said a man approached her pointing a handgun and demanded her purse and cell phone, according to a news release. She complied with the suspect's demands, and he fled in a grey Mitsubishi driven by another man. 

A witness had taken a photo of the vehicle and provide officers with a detailed description of the suspects, which aided the officers' search for the men. 

About four hours later, patrol officers stopped a vehicle after the driver ran a stop sign at Roanoke Avenue and Rawlings Street. An officer recognized one of the occupants as a suspect from the description provided by the witness. 

The two men were questioned and admitted to their involvement in the armed robbery. 

Investigators determined Roush committed the act of aggravated robbery and Harden facilitated the crime as the driver of the vehicle.

Harden has been arrested before in Hamilton County for resisting arrest/obstruction of legal process and theft under $500. He has also been arrested as a fugitive for a crime in another state.

Roush also has an arrest record in Hamilton County. Most of his charges include traffic and driving violations, such as driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. He's also been arrested for theft under $1,000


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