Cousins charged in robbery spree
Two cousins covered their faces and reportedly went into three businesses to rob store clerks of cigarettes and cash, according to Chattanooga police arrest reports.
The men were arrested Wednesday after a robbery Wednesday, according to Chattanooga police.
Alfred Wiley, 21, and Antwon Wiley, 20, are charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of aggravated assault and one count of false imprisonment.
In each case, store clerks reported men entered the store yelling to hand over cash and cigarettes. One would jump the counter. One was armed with a rifle that turned out to be a paint gun, according to the reports.
The robberies were:
* Dec. 5: Clerks at the Sunnytown Market, 2300 Dodson Ave., were robbed of $150 in cash and 20 packs of Newport cigarettes.
* Jan. 4: Employees at the Family Dollar, 2038 S. Willow St., were told they would be shot. They handed over $943 in cash. Eight customers came in and immediately left the store during the robbery. None of them phoned police.
* Wednesday: An employee at Allen's Stop and Go, 4266 Bonny Oaks Drive, handed over $400 in cash and several cartons of cigarettes.
Several witnesses saw the Wileys run toward railroad tracks after the third robbery, police said. Officers tracked them until a police dog arrived. Police found the paint gun and several cartons of cigarettes. Alfred Wiley was forced into a creek by the police dog.
Both have bonds set at $173,000. Both are scheduled to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom on Tuesday.
Two charged in robbery, assault
A 32-year-old man was taken to a local hospital after he was assaulted during a home invasion robbery at 817 Woodmore Lane on Thursday morning, according to Chattanooga police.
The two assailants were still inside the residence when police arrived after getting a call at 9:25 a.m.
Police captured both men a short distance away from the house, said Master Patrol Officer Nathan Hartwig in a released statement.
Tyrrell Garner, 27, and Patrick Postell, 21, were charged with especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault. Garner was also charged with unlicensed carrying or possessing a weapon.
Both are scheduled to go before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes on Jan. 29.