published Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Police Briefs: Suspects sought in Chattanooga Walmart macing

Suspects sought in Walmart macing

Police officers responded to a robbery Wednesday night at the Walmart on 2020 Gunbarrel Road, in Chattanooga.

Aout 10:04 p.m., a white male approached a 29-year-old woman inside the store and sprayed her in the face with Mace and then took off with her purse, Officer Nathan Hartwig said.

As the suspect tried to run off, several customers tried to stop him. A 31-year-old man was sprayed with Mace in the process, Hartwig said. A 7-year-old also inhaled some of the fumes from the Mace.

The suspect threw the victim’s purse on the ground before fleeing in a truck. Investigators are working on leads, Hartwig said.

Kidnap, sex assault suspect charged

Officers have made an arrest in a Tuesday night kidnapping and sexual assault, Officer Nathan Hartwig said.

Police said Herman Brown, wielding a knife, approached a 22-year-old woman in the 2500 block of Fourth Avenue. Police said he forced her into a car and drove her to Chateau Lane, where he sexually assaulted her.

Brown has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery.

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