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UPDATE: Manhunt over for burglary suspects

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UPDATE: The manhunt for two burglary suspects is over. 

Police captured 24-year-old Cole Howard as he came out of the woods on the W Road. 

The second suspect, 24-year-old Christopher Whitford, turned himself into the Hamilton County Jail Monday night on charges related to this incident.

Chattanooga Police tell Channel 3 the suspects threw two long guns from the vehicle during the pursuit.

Police also tell Channel 3 the suspects' vehicle contained several items including a Stihl Chainsaw, Dewalt Grinder and hunting bows that were linked to a burglary on Roberts Mill Road. 

Howard and Whitford are charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, theft, felon in possession of a weapon, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.

 


 

PREVIOUS STORY: An active manhunt is underway in Chattanooga for two suspects wanted in connection with a morning burglary.

Hamilton County, Red Bank Police, and Chattanooga Police are on Morrison Springs Road where the manhunt is underway.

Police began the chase before 9 a.m. Monday. They say the two tried to burglarize a Signal Mountain home.

During the chase, police say the two men threw weapons out of their vehicle.

The chase ended at Fontaine Woods apartments with the suspects ditching their silver Kia and taking off into woods.

The suspects are two white men considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to be hiding out in woods. Officers are using K-9 units to help locate them.

WITNESS TALKS WITH CHANNEL 3

"My girlfriend actually heard them come in. The sheriff's deputies come in, guns drawn and everything."

Eric Simone woke Monday morning to a handful of armed deputies and police barging in his apartment at building #9. They were checking to make sure the suspects weren't hiding out inside.

But it turns out the two ditched their silver Kia outside Simone's front door before running into the woods, police say.

Simone got a peek inside the suspects' car.

"There were two bow and arrows and a chainsaw in the backseat. So it was really weird seeing that," he said.

Simone said he's locking his doors from now on. He didn't do that this morning. And in hindsight, he said he's lucky the police served as his alarm clock and not the suspects.

"From now on, I'm gonna make sure my doors are locked because you never know what can happen. Something like this can happen like that," he said.

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