Northshore Neighbors Bind Together
By Megan Boatwright, Channel 3 Eyewitness News
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Residents of North Chattanooga want to make sure a man suspected of repeatedly targeting homes in their area does not fall through the cracks of the justice system.
Chattanooga Police say Ricky Davis is responsible for a number of crimes in the area. One of the more violent was a home invasion on Tremont St.
A woman says she woke up with a gun in her face. Investigators say Ricky Davis walked her through her home at gunpoint, leaving with her cash and computers.
Officers arrested Davis 10 days ago, police say as he was about to strike again.
"They're worried that he'll be let off with a two year sentence or light sentence," says neighbor David Draper. "We really don't want to see that."
From neighborhood watch meetings to e-mails chains and last minute get togethers in the park, an entire community has joined together over the last month.
"We really want people to know that our little North Chatt. community is very involved in this," says Draper.
If they hadn't proved it enough, a group showed up again in the courtroom Friday morning where Ricky Davis was set to appear for the first time.
"Just to show that I care about the crime," says Hamilton Gallant of why he choose to attend. "It's an important issue to me and other people in our community."
Part of the concern stems from an extensive criminal history since 2004, including rape. Crimes also committed in North Chattanooga.
"It is scary to think about somebody like this running loose and getting off repeatedly," says Draper. "Judges letting him off repeatedly."
Even though Davis' court appearance was delayed until August neighbors were able to spend time with the district attorney discussing the case and role they should play.
"Just let us know what the process is," says Draper. "To realize it may take a little bit of time but we need to keep the pressure on."
The group says they're in it for the long haul, "It's not over," says Gallant. "The process is just beginning. We'll wait to see how it all turns out. We're gonna keep paying attention and keep coming to the court days."