A couple was robbed at gunpoint in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday. The robber was soon caught.
The incident happened at 1:54 p.m. in front of Five Guys Restaurant and the corner of Fourth and Broad.
The local couple said they were sitting in front of the hamburger place when they were robbed by a black male with a small black pistol. He was wearing a blue windbreaker jacket with a scarf on his head.
The couple said he searched the man's pockets and wallet, but did not find any money. He made the woman empty her bag. Then he took both of their cellphones before running off.
The man gave chase and was able to retrieve the cellphones.
An officer said he had been checking out a suspicious vehicle near the Holiday Inn Express on MLK Boulevard. There was no one in the silver Pacifica. It was registered to Raymond Dionte Hunter.
Hunter, 29, of 1206 Glenwood Dr., is the person arrested for the robbery of the couple.
About five minutes after talking with the couple, police located a person who matched the description of the robber two blocks away. Hunter was then taken into custody.
Police said he dropped a gun to a lower level of a parking garage at the time he was taken into custody. The gun was later retrieved. It was found to have been stolen out of Georgia.
Both robbery victims made a positive identification.
Hunter told police he had given the phones back to the man who chased him.
It was found that Hunter is a convicted felon for a prior robbery charge and is still on active probation.
A small bag of marijuana was found on Hunter.