published Thursday, December 19th, 2013

2 women stabbed repeatedly by man trying to help them out

Two women were stabbed multiple times in the chest Tuesday night at a Chattanooga home, and a man was shot in a separate incident the same night, according to news releases from the police department.

Rodrickous Hodges, 21, is being held in connection with the double stabbing.

The police release said officers were sent to 3700 Fourth Ave. around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on a disorder call between a man and woman. Witnesses reportedly said a man was chasing a woman in the street.

When police arrived, Hodges met them outside and said everything was OK. But police said they heard screaming from inside, and two women came to the door "bleeding severely."

Those women were Ueronica Watkins, Hodges' 21-year-old girlfriend, and Watkins' friend Destinee Jackson, 22.

Both had multiple stab wounds to the chest and were taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Hodges reportedly ran away when the women came to the door but was caught after a brief chase and then taken to the police department on Amnicola Highway for questioning.

In an interview with police, Hodges reportedly admitted to "losing it" after going to Watkins' Fourth Avenue house to work things out between the two. He wrote a confession letter and said he "wasn't himself," police said.

Inside the home, authorities recovered Hodges' bloody jacket and two knives that were broken off at the handle.

Hodges is at Hamilton County Jail facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder. His bond was set at $1 million.

No new information available Wednesday afternoon.

MAN SHOT IN FACE

Also Tuesday night, Chattanooga police were sent to 1321 Cypress Street Court on a "person shot" call around 9:44 p.m. Police found Joshua Timmons, 26, with a single gunshot wound to the right side of his forehead.

The police report said officers received little information available about the incident, only that the suspect was wearing a ski mask and jumpsuit, according to witnesses.

Wednesday afternoon, police spokesman Tim McFarland said that was all the suspect information police had available to them.

"That's not a lot to go on," he said.

Wednesday afternoon, there were no new developments in the incident.

An investigation into the shooting of Timmons is ongoing. Chattanooga police ask anyone with information to call them at 423-698-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 423-698-3333.

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