Fox 61 Reporter Grabbed By Car Thief As She Does Interview

Thursday, January 1, 2004
Mai Martinez
Mai Martinez

A man who stole three cars on New Year's Day chose a Chattanooga TV reporter as his last victim. He was identified as Chris Allen Gore, 24, of North Georgia.

The first auto theft took place in Catoosa County. The stolen Nissan Sentra was reportedly being chased by police when it crashed into a house near Stateline Road.

The car thief then ran off and forced his way into a second vehicle which
was nearby, police spokesman Ed Buice said. The driver of that car said he had pulled over to let another vehicle ahead of him cross a single lane bridge. While he was waiting, the man jumped in. The two of them scuffled, and the driver was bitten by the car thief. He was also scraped up when he was dragged by his vehicle.

A little while later, the suspect drove the stolen car onto the parking lot of the Conoco station at 1221 E. Main. Its right rear tire was in shreds by this time.

Reporter Mai Martinez, who has worked at FOX61 for just a couple of months, happened to be at the Conoco interviewing people for her New Year’s Day story. The suspect approached her as if to begin a conversation, then he suddenly forced his way into her Jeep Cherokee and sped off, punching and dragging Ms. Martinez in the process, Mr. Buice said.

She received a number of scrapes and bruises and was taken to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment. She was also bitten on the arm by her attacker.

A citizen saw what was happening and followed the FOX61 Jeep out Rossville Boulevard and called police on a cell phone. He kept following the car until officers could arrive, then he helped the officers take the suspect into custody at Central Avenue and Lynchburg.

The suspect is being charged with aggravated robbery by Chattanooga Police for stealing the FOX61 vehicle and attacking Ms. Martinez.

Other charges are pending against him in East Ridge and Catoosa County.

Mai Martinez joined FOX61 in October. 2003. She is a native of San Francisco but calls Anniston, Ala. home.

She came to FOX61 from FOX6 in Birmingham, where she got her start in television. She's a graduate of Jacksonville State University, where she majored in Communication and English and minored in Spanish. She has worked in television, newspaper and radio.


New Legislation Being Filed Aimed At Protecting Elderly And Vulnerable Adults From Abuse

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) and Rep. Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) Monday announced comprehensive legislation to address abuse of elderly or vulnerable adults in Tennessee.   ... (click for more)

Small Electrical Fire Causes Minimal Damage At Dalewood Middle School Monday Morning

A small electrical fire did minimal damage at Dalewood Middle School on Monday morning.   Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported fire in the Dalewood cafeteria at the school at 1300 Shallowford Road shortly before  8 a.m.     Captain Danny Usher with Engine 15 said Mickey Robertson, a school resource officer, noticed a small fire ... (click for more)

Embrace America - And Response (2)

Okay, Hollywierd we get it. The world of entertainment and cinema arts do not support President Trump. But for all their derisive and divisive speech, truth remains. People who support conservative values do not hate children, we do not hate immigrants, we do not hate other races and ethnicities although that is all you trumpet at every opportunity.  What we do support ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Eye Of The Storm

There is a very serious building in Norman, Okla., that houses the nation’s Storm Prediction Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. According to a Four-Day Forecast released on Sunday, north Alabama and the Chattanooga area are in the middle of the bulls eye for the United States. Yes, it was about 40 degrees and sunny ... (click for more)

Region 3-3A Girls Tourney Resumes Tonight At Bradley

The Region 3-3A girls’ basketball tournament resumes Monday night at Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, and the host Bearettes are once again in the spotlight. Bradley Central, ranked No. 1 by coacht.com, go into a semifinal contest against Stone Memorial at 6 p.m. in Jim Smiddy Arena as a heavy favorite to extend their season winning streak to 31 games. Bradley routed ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Softball Falls To Saint Louis 5-2 In Frost Classic

 The Chattanooga Mocs softball team fell to Saint Louis, 5-2, on the final day of the annual Frost Classic hosted by UTC at Frost Stadium. The loss drops the Mocs to 5-9 on the season. Chattanooga will head south for the next three weekends as they round out the non-conference tournament slate. The first runs of the game came in the top of the second when SLU scored ... (click for more)