2 Arrested In Early Morning Armed Robberies At Courtyard Marriott And McDonald's

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Rodrick Damont Smith
Rodrick Damont Smith

Two people were arrested on Tuesday for armed robberies at a downtown hotel and the McDonald's on East Third Street.

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday, Chattanooga Police responded to 200 Chestnut Street at the Courtyard Marriott for an armed robbery.

The suspect walked into the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The clerk was unable to open the register and the suspect fled in a vehicle which was driven by a second suspect.

Approximately 20 minutes later, a second business robbery occurred at 1117 East 3rd Street at the McDonald's.

The suspect from the robbery at the Courtyard Marriott walked in, displayed a handgun, demanded cash and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Patrol officers spotted the suspects in a silver/dark-colored Buick. Officers pursued the suspects and were able to corner them in a parking lot where they were placed into custody without incident to the officers or the public.

The suspects, Rodrick Damont Smith, 27, and Kevin Lamont Perkins, 36, were transported to the Police Service Center where they were interviewed by investigators.

Smith and Perkins are charged with attempted aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy for 200 Chestnut Street and aggravated robbery, criminal conspiracy and felony evading for 1117 East 3rd Street.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. 

Kevin Lamont Perkins
Kevin Lamont Perkins

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