Reed, One Of "Worst Of The Worst," Pleads Guilty To Carjacking, Use Of Weapon

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stephone Reed, who was included by authorities in their list of "the worst of the worst" criminals in Chattanooga, pleaded guilty on Monday in Federal Court to charges of carjacking and brandishing a weapon during a crime of violence.

Reed faces up to 15 years on the carjacking and a minimum of seven years up to life on the gun charge.

He will be sentenced on June 5 by Judge Curtis Collier.

Reed appeared before Federal Magistrate Judge Susan Lee.

Police said Reed, 23, is the "Big Homie" of the local Gangster Disciples. 

Prosecutors said on March 31, 2012, Reed and two others carjacked a woman in Brainerd. One of the others brandished a gun. Amanda West told police she was arriving home on McBrien Road when three black males approached her and demanded her vehicle. She said one of the trio, who had dreadlocks in his hair, pointed a gun at her and demanded items she had in her hand as well as the vehicle.

She said when she responded no, another one of the robbers told the gunman, "Shoot her in the leg."

Ms. West said she begged not to be shot and handed over the items. She then ran into her house.

Reed was driving the car later that afternoon in Cleveland, Tn., and led the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase which ended when Reed crashed the stolen car into a building. All three people in the car fled. 

Police captured the other two, Anston Baker and Demarquis Dillard, but, due to a miscommunication, let Reed get away (even though they stopped him). Reed was later apprehended.

In the car on the floorboard between the two front seats was a loaded gun. The victim's  keys, bag and cell phone were also in the car.


1 Person Seriously Injured In Bradley County Stabbing

One person was seriously injured in a Monday night stabbing on 27 th Street, just off Buchanan Road, in Bradley County. One person was transported to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of a wound to the upper body. Members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division have detained one person for questioning. (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, CORBIN BLAKE  659 SPARKS STREET RINGGOLD, 30763  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- ADELABU, SYLVESTER ADETORO  3209 20TH ST NE CLEVELAND, 37323  Age at Arrest: 35 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL ... (click for more)

Why Chattanooga Should Stop Granting Apartment Complex PILOTs

A new report indicates why Chattanooga and Hamilton County officials do not need to extend PILOTs to apartment complex developers. Demand is high, therefore developers will continue to build to meet the demand without PILOTs. What is truly needed in the Chattanooga metroplex is low-income affordable housing. “Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in Decades” ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Gun Control? Accuracy!

When President Barack Obama responded to the tragic killing of nine people who were worshiping at their beloved Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month, he immediately blamed the gun, saying, “We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on ... (click for more)

Dalton Edges Stuart Heights To Conclude Unbeaten Regular Season

The Dalton Dolphins had several key goals when the 2015 Chattanooga Area Swim League season began on the first day of June and they can put a big check mark by the first one, which was to go undefeated in the ever-competitive Blue division. They accomplished that goal before dark on Monday as they defeated a much-improved Stuart Heights squad by a 404-386 final that may have ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Hosts Nashville Friday In NPSL Playoffs

Chattanooga will host this weekend's National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference playoffs. There are two semifinal matches on Friday with the two winners meeting in the Championship match the following night. “We’re very proud of the team for winning home field advantage,” said board member Krue Brock. “Now that every game is a must-win situation, it will be a big help ... (click for more)