Two men have been arrested in connection with three robberies in the last week involving people buying/selling items via online classified apps and websites.
The Chattanooga Police Department has identified the suspects as Jadarius Menifee and Demonta Pickett, both 19. Menifee is facing charges of aggravated robbery and theft over $2,500. Pickett is facing two counts of aggravated robbery.
The arrests come days after police issued a warning to the public about recent incidents during which people were robbed at gunpoint.
To prevent crimes like these, CPD has a designated space in front of the Police Service Center at 3410 Amnicola Highway as a Safe Exchange Zone.
The purpose "is to protect Chattanooga community members while swapping, trading, buying/selling items or during child custody exchanges," the release states.
The designated location has several video cameras, which record 24/7 to ensure a safe transaction. You do not need to check in at CPD to make a transaction but should park in the designated Safe Exchange Zone area.
"Even though there's a designated area with cameras at the CPD," the release states, "we still recommend meeting to make exchanges during daylight hours, telling a friend or family member where you're going, and remember if a deal seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam."