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By Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

NORTH CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The news spread quick Tuesday morning in North Chattanooga.  The man responsible for a violent home invasion last Friday, and possibly involved in other robberies, is behind bars.

When caught their suspect 'red-handed' in his target area, officers say, as he was 'rattling a doorknob gun in hand'.

"I got a little emotional," says one North Chattanooga woman.  "I had a tears in my eyes. I thanked her dearly."

That's the reaction the woman says she had when she got the call from police. 

"I know a lot of people are feeling relief today," she says.  "I've gotten several e-mails and a lot of "thank God's"." 

Chattanooga police arrested Ricky Davis on Dartmouth St.  He's charged with aggravated burglary, robbery, theft and unlawful possession of a fire arm.  This isn't Davis' first run-in with police.  As it turns out he has an extensive criminal history since 2004, including rape.

The woman we interviewed didn't want to be identified.  She shared with Channel 3 that she began an e-mail list last month to keep her neighbors informed once crime in North Chattanooga spiked.

"There were several, including myself, that sent e-mails about every car they'd never seen before that went down the street," she says. 

Especially after last Friday's home invasion on Tremont street, more and more residents began expressing concern at neighborhood meetings.  Concern that turned to elation Tuesday.  The woman we interviewed showed us an e-mail book full of relief in response to the news.

"It's a great ending," she says.  "Kudos to the police department." 


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