CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- A Fort Oglethorpe man is behind bars this evening after police say he robbed another man at gunpoint yesterday and the victim is now speaking out in a News 12 exclusive.
“Coming down this road here, Martin Road, I was painting on the side of this building. The young man approached me, asked me for a job..,” started Robert Edds a local resident of the Fort Oglethorpe area as he recounted his interaction at gun point.
Robert Edds says when 28-year-old Dustin Redmond walked up to him Tuesday morning, he seemed friendly at first, until just moments later things took a sudden turn for the worse.
“He told me, he said, ‘Give me your wallet,’ When he said that I had a paint scrape in my pocket. I brought it out to defend myself. Then he pulled the gun on me, demanded my wallet, the keys to my truck.”
According to Edds, Redmond took off down the street, and a phone call to 911 was made shortly after.
“It happened at 11 o’clock in the morning, and by eight minutes after 11 Officer Cody Jones showed up, and then Lieutenant Blevins, and Officer Davis got in hot pursuit, going up Lafayette road,” explained Edds.
Redmond managed to outrun the officers, but thanks to Edds accurate description, along with a few helpful tips, Redmond was found on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank less than 24 hours later.
“I was just amazed, that everything went down, that they found him as quick as they did. And a different one said, ‘Well you coulda be shot,’ and I said well I coulda been, but I’m just a young man. I’ll only be 80 years old September the 9th, so I’m still working bless the lord, haha.”
Redmond is currently being held on several charges including armed robbery, carjacking and possession of a firearm.
“Here’s Mr. Edds, just out working, And approached by someone that he feels like needs his help, and now what’s on the back of his mind the next time somebody comes up on him, or anybody else in that area,” said Lieutenant Steve Blevin.
Investigators say it’s still too early to link Redmond with a series of recent robberies in the area, but say they do plan to investigate any and all possibilities.