In a joint release, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Cleveland Police Department announce the capture of escaped Bradley County juveniles Memphis Smith and Abraham Augustin.
Following an armed carjacking on McCutchen Rd in Chattanooga early this morning, descriptions of the vehicle and suspects were released to all local law enforcement agencies to be the lookout.
Shortly before 12:00 PM noon, the vehicles was spotted by law enforcement officials in the parking lot of the Pilot Gas Station at 244 Connector Three SW, Dalton, GA. Whitfield County authorities were able to take both juveniles into custody quickly and without incident.
In addition to the original charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated rape, both juveniles will now face charges of felony escape and felony auto theft out of Bradley County.
District Attorney Steve Crump made the following statement, “Our office has begun the process to bring the two escapees back from Georgia to Tennessee. Once they are here, our office will move quickly to set dates for a hearing seeking to transfer all of the pending cases against the two escapees to Criminal Court and dispose of their cases as adults. When you commit an adult crime, you should be treated accordingly.”
Additional charges can be expected out of Hamilton and Whitfield Counties due to this morning’s carjacking.
Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson said, “We are relieved that these two individuals are in custody, and the general public is once again safe from further criminal acts by these two. It has been a 24/7, around the clock effort, and I am grateful for a peaceful outcome.”
Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson offered this statement, “We were concerned for the safety of the public, and are grateful that both individuals are back in custody. I appreciate the cooperation between every agency involved in the investigation and search.”
We would like to thank all regional law enforcement agencies who assisted in the mutual aid, search, and capture of both juveniles. Specifically the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshalls Service, Dalton Police Department, and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department. Without the help of these agencies, we would not have been able to achieve a safe and peaceful resolution to this incident. We would also like to thank the public for their overwhelming support in this effort. Several tips helped lead authorities in their investigation and search.