published Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Chattanooga Police News: East Ridge man chases off invaders

East Ridge man chases off invaders

An East Ridge man told police several people forced their way into his home Monday but he chased them off.

The suspects forced their way into the back door of the East Ridge home on Shirl Jo Lane, police said.

But when the resident, who police haven't identified, chased the intruders, they jumped into a blue van with tinted windows and sped off.

East Ridge Police spokesman Robert Wade said the man then pursued the van in his vehicle as they peppered him with shots. But no one was injured.

Authorities seek vehicle arsonist


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Chattanooga Fire Department investigators are searching for whoever set four cars and a van on fire Sunday night along Brainerd Road.

Within a 20-minute period around 9 p.m. Sunday, investigators believe, the person went from vehicle to vehicle opening the gas tanks and throwing something on fire into them.

But the method wasn't very good, fire department spokesman Bruce Garner said.

Only one car was heavily damaged along the 5100 and 5600 blocks of Brainerd Road, Garner said, and no one was injured.

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