Young Girls Hide In Closet As Burglars Roam Through Their Tunnel Boulevard Home

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Zackaree Howard
Zackaree Howard

Two terrified young girls hid in a closet as burglars roamed through their Tunnel Boulevard home in an incident last Saturday.

Police got to the residence while the culprits were still inside since the girls quickly called 911 as well as their parents.

Charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism were Zackaree M. Howard, 19, of 1112 Gillespie Road and Carlos Deondre Jones, 18, of 1007 Belmeade Ave.

A detective who went to the scene found that officers Florida Wynn and Josh Wright had both suspects detained. Officer Wynn had gone to the rear of the house, while officer Wright covered the front door. After the pair spotted Officer Wynn at the rear, they tried to run out the front but were blocked by the other officer. They were detained in the living room.

Police said two tire tools were found on the deck where the rear door had been pried open. The bedroom doors had been kicked in. A 40" flatscreen TV was sitting in the hall with the TV stand in the living room. A laptop computer was in the hall next to the TV. Two laptops, a Wii and a 19" TV were on the kitchen floor.

The girls, ages 11 and 12, said they were at home alone when they heard a knock on the back door. The older girl looked out a window and did not recognize the two men at the door. She called 911 and was told by the dispatcher to get in the closet. The children did so and began hearing the men prying and kicking in doors and grabbing electronic equipment "while they were terrified in the closet."

Jones told police they were walking through an alley when they decided to break into a house. He said they went to his aunt's house nearby and got the tire tools. He said he grabbed the small TV and the laptop and Howard tried to get the large TV from the stand. Jones said he helped get the large TV off the stand.

Jones said they planned to sell the items on the street.  


Carlos Jones
Carlos Jones

Developer Plans Single-Family Homes, Townhomes, Apartments, Retail On 7.5 Acres At South Broad Street

A developer is planning single-family homes, apartments, townhomes and retail on a 7.5-acre South Broad Street site. The development by South Broad LLC and DEW LLC is located within several blocks between South Broad Street, W. 26th Street, Long Street and W. 27th Street. It would include a 3-story U-shaped apartment building with ground floor retail at the north end of the ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BRAMLETT, VERNETTA LAURETT  804 LANE ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA LIGHT LAW VIOLATION --- BUTLER, TABITHA KAREN  165 VERO BEACH AVE ROSSVILLE, 30741  ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Whip McMinn County, 9-1, In 5-3A Baseball

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Three times Jordan Gorman set the table. Nick Woods punched three hits to the outfield and drove Gorman home in the third, fifth and sixth innings, powering East Hamilton to a 9-1 victory over McMinn County in the opening game of the District 5-3A baseball tournament at Cleveland High School on Wednesday. “Our mission was to win this game,” Gorman said, ... (click for more)

District 5-3A Softball Tournament Plans Finalized By Coaches

District 5-3A softball coaches are now ready for the second season. They hope their teams are, too. At a luncheon to finalize plans for the district tournament on Wednesday, the opening pairings were set in stone and play will begin Friday with three games, each starting at 5 p.m. at the highest seeded team. Second-seeded Soddy-Daisy (24-7) will host No. 7 Bradley ... (click for more)