Man who led police on 100-mile chase was wanted for multiple violent robberies against Hispanic community in Chattanooga

Theonda Thorne
photo Theonda Thorne

The subject of a high-speed, 100-mile police chase late last week was wanted in connection to "numerous" robberies against the Hispanic community in Chattanooga, Hamilton County court records show.

Nineteen-year-old Theonda Thorne, aka T.J., a known Athens Park Bloods gang member, is one of two known suspects in the crimes, which took place over the course of two days in late April. The second suspect, Thomas Sales, was arrested on April 20.

The robberies

Thorne and Sales allegedly robbed at least four Hispanic victims in at least three separate incidents on April 17 and April 19, court records show.

The first took place in the 3900 block of 7th Avenue just after 10 p.m. on April 17.