Chattanooga Police Briefs: No one hurt in jewelry heist attempt

Chattanooga Police Briefs: No one hurt in jewelry heist attempt

August 7th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

No one hurt in jewelry heist try

Bullet holes were still present at Kennedy Jewelry, 2012 S. Main St., on Tuesday, after gunfire ripped through the store’s windows Monday evening when two armed men entered the store and demanded store employees turn over merchandise, according to a Chattanooga police report.

The report states that the men, both with covered faces, entered Kennedy Jewelry during business hours with an assault rifle and a laundry hamper.

One of the men said, “Get it all” or “All of it,” according to police. Then the armed man fired a shot, which struck the rear of the store.

According to police, Shane Kennedy, an employee, grabbed a handgun and fired several return shots at the robbers, who fled without taking anything. The armed robber fired several more shots, according to police. No one was injured.

Police picked up Diontre Danforth, 18, at a residence on Beech Street on Monday evening after the incident. Several items of clothing that store employees described as belonging to one of the suspects were found between the Beech Street residence and Kennedy Jewelry, the police report states.

An assault rifle was found on Kelly Street, police say. A resident on the street told police he saw a man in a silver sedan toss the gun along the street and drive away.

During an interview with police, Danforth denied being part of the robbery.

Danforth is being held at Hamilton County jail on charges of aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. No information about the second suspect was available Tuesday.


Chattanooga man charged with shooting

A man has been arrested after he shot at his girlfriend’s father, Chattanooga police said in a news release.

Shots were fired shortly after 10 p.m. at 1732 Jenkins Road, the release stated.

The victim told police that his daughter had a verbal disorder with her boyfriend and that the boyfriend ended up smashing out some windows. No one was injured.

The SWAT Team and hostage negotiation team responded, and just before 1 a.m. the boyfriend exited the house and was taken into custody without incident.

Charges may be filed pending the outcome of the investigation. More information will be released when available.


Kidnap charged in Jenkins Road incident

Aggravated assault and kidnapping charges — in addition to others — landed a man in Hamilton County Jail on Tuesday after he held a Jenkins Road woman at gunpoint inside his home, Chattanooga police reports say.

Monday, Christopher Orton, 46, demanded Tammy Sherrill get out of a car at gunpoint, police say. According to police, Tammy was in a car with her father, Robert Sherrill, when Orton made the demand. Orton allegedly busted the car’s window out and dragged Tammy out.

Police say Orton took Tammy at gunpoint into his Jenkins Road home and refused to release her. Orton allegedly threatened to kill Sherrill’s father if he did not leave.

Tuesday afternoon, Orton was being held at Hamilton County jail on charges of reckless endangerment, kidnapping, possession of a handgun while under the influence and two counts of aggravated assault.


East Ridge animal services officer suspended in stalking case

East Ridge Animal Services Officer Cederick Jackson has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a stalking case.

Chattanooga police informed the East Ridge Police Department that Jackson had an active warrant for stalking stemming from a CPD investigation.

Jackson has worked for the City of East Ridge since 2005 and East Ridge Animal Services since 2009.

His court case is scheduled for Aug. 30.