published Monday, October 31st, 2011

Chattanooga man arrested for attack with assault rifle on girlfriend

A Chattanooga man is in custody for attempted first-degree murder and a slew of other charges stemming from an intoxicated rant Sunday night, police say.

Richmond Raines, 24, shot an assault rifle into his girlfriend’s home, then crashed his car into two other vehicles in the span of an hour, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Raines has been charged with aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a handgun while under the influence, vandalism/malicious mischief and attempted first-degree murder in the incident, she said.

Police obtained a search warrant for Raines’ apartment and car and found three handguns, another rifle, several boxes of ammunition and numerous combat-style knives, Weary said.

Raines’ girlfriend, Sarah Johnston, told police he attacked her around 11 p.m. after she called his parents and a crisis hotline to report that he was very intoxicated and making threats to harm himself.

After the phone call, Raines made threatening calls to Johnston, then showed up at the apartment where they both lived. Fearing that he might harm her, Johnston didn’t answer the door, Weary said.

After he left the building, Andrew Guinn, one of the couple’s neighbors said Raines got in a black Camaro and struck Guinn’s PT Cruiser and a Hyundai Accent before speeding away.

Guinn said that, when he went outside to take pictures of his vehicle, he saw Raines running toward the apartment building and come back out a few minutes later with a rifle.

Guinn said he was able to talk Raines into unloading the gun, and police took Raines into custody shortly after, Weary said.

Weary explained police initially showed up at the residence around 11 p.m. on a shots-fired call but couldn’t find any disturbance. They returned an hour later after Raines fired the rifle into the apartment, she said.

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WEBMAN said...


October 31, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
BravoFour said...

Was this downtown? Lots of us heard about six shots fired last night.

October 31, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
jharvey1984 said...

Bravo...According to it was. they list the address as 324 east 8th.

October 31, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

And you mean 50+ shots were fired into the suspect? WOW! wonder why?

October 31, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
01centare said...

weapon fired+inner-city+da 'hood= gang related.

It's gotta be gang warfare!!

October 31, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Doesn't this guy know it's illegal for him to defend himself and his home with a firearm when he's intoxicated?

That's all I'm gonna say...

October 31, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
lilmisandy said...

wow white people dont act like this

October 31, 2011 at 9:08 p.m.
gmomma said...

lol, ya'll got jokes!! Blame it on the alcohol!!

October 31, 2011 at 10:25 p.m.
dl said...

1 thing will stop this - mandatory life sentence for gun crimes.

November 1, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
fedup350 said...

macropetala8 , lilmisandy (has all her neighbors hating her)and 01centare: when I clicked on this story I was positive that this group of racists would have posted something and I was right. The only racist that I excepted to post that didn’t was amnistiusaf1984. This white guy had a domestic assault and fired a gun. I say prosecute him to the fullest. There is no excuse for this and it shouldn’t be tolerated! Lock him up, he is a danger to society! Compare this with the above posters comments on black on black murders and shooting in previous posts - they are poor and uneducated, it isn’t their fault. Or - there ancestors 200 years ago were slaves, it isn’t their fault. Or - they are victims of society, it isn’t their fault. You bunch of racist hypocrites.....

November 1, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
McKenna41288 said...

This is very sad. I knew Rich from class and he was a very bright, passionate student. This shows the devastating effects of what alcohol can do. And with all the white people comments, give it a break. Chattanooga's crime rate is higher than Detroit. People here sometimes get caught up in the beauty of the art district and Coolidge area, but there are a ton of shady, ghetto areas too. I believe justice should be taken care of, but I truly believe he never intended to carry out something like this. He was drunk and emotionally unstable and unfortunately made some seriously poor choices. My heart goes out to his family and his girlfriend's.

November 8, 2011 at 3:29 p.m.
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