Suspect accused of pistol whipping a woman is now in custody; second suspect still at large

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A suspect wanted in connection to a strong-armed robbery of a woman who was pistol whipped is now in custody.

Seth Hardnett, 18, of Chattanooga is facing one count of aggravated robbery and is being in the Hamilton County jail on a $150,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, back on the afternoon of April 12, Hardnett and another suspect who has yet to be identified committed strong-armed robbery of a woman outside a residence in the 2000 block of East 16th Street.

The victim who reported the incident via an interpreter told officers that she pulled up on a side of a friend’s house and had just got out the car when two young black males ran up to her and tried to take her purse.

When the woman refused to let go of her purse, she was reportedly pistol whipped across her head.

According to the affidavit, the two suspects took the purse which contained $2,000, various credit cards and cell phone before leaving the scene in a grey colored 4-door car.

10 days later, investigators were notified that the victim replaced her cell phone with a new one but discovered that photos from her old phone had been automatically uploaded to her cloud account. According to police, among the pictures that were uploaded were photos of the suspect who assaulted the woman with a gun and took her purse.

Chattanooga police were able to use those photos to track down Hardnett who was identified as one of the two suspects.

Hardnett will be arraigned tomorrow.

According to Hamilton County court records, Hardnett is no stranger to the legal system after turning 18.  Records show that back in January, he was convicted on two counts of assault but received a suspended sentence.

The second suspect in this case has not been captured nor identified by police.

Just last week, News 12 reported on a Chattanooga case involving two 19-year old’s who were arrested in connection to an armed robbery inside a home in the 1500 block of Morris Hill Drive.

19-year old's arrestedBoth suspects were identified as Jeffrey Coleman and Martez Durran. Durran was supposed to play football for MTSU but never enrolled at the school. Bond for both suspects was set at $100,000.

In that case, Coleman reportedly admitted the crime to police during interrogation.

Destin NobleAlso last week, an 18-year old LFO senior was indicated for rape,child molestation, and providing alcohol to a minor. He was identified by Catoosa County detectives as Destin Noble. Noble was 17 at the time of the alleged crime but was indicted when he was considered a legal adult.

Categories: Catoosa County, Chattanooga, Crime, Local News

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