CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police have arrest a wanted man.
Chattanooga Police say David Ballard was found hiding in a closet in the College Hill Courts apartments.
Ballard was pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection to a weekend disturbance at Hamilton Place Mall in February. News 12 previous reported he was sentenced to probation and ankle monitoring.
Police say Ballard is on the Chattanooga Housing Authority No Trespass List, but was spotted in April at Emma Wheeler Homes
Shortly after that, Chattanooga Police say Ballard went on Facebook to tell everyone he cut off his ankle monitor and ran from police.
Today, CPD’s Street Crimes Team and Chattanooga Housing Police found Ballard in the apartment closet.
Ballard attempted to evade police again today, but Chattanooga police say officers arrested him after a brief foot pursuit.
Police say Ballard is charged with Vandalism/Malicious Mischief, Violation of Probation for Felony Reckless Endangerment , and a Violation of Probation for Unlawful Carrying Weapon.
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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The 18 year old from the Hamilton Place gun incident is wanted again.
David Ballard pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.
The display of that gun caused a panic at the mall where crowds rushed for the exit.
The aggravated riot charge was dismissed.
So Ballard was sentenced to probation and put on an ankle monitor, with the promise that they would expunge his record if he stayed out of trouble.
But it looks like he didn’t make it more than a week.
On April 25th, an officer saw Ballard at the Emma Wheeler Homes.
He is on the CHA No Trespass List there.
Ballard fled on foot, but the officer stayed with the car and its driver.
After a search, the officer found a fully loaded firearm plus ammo under the passenger seat.
Then Ballard went on Facebook to tell everyone that the gun was his and that he cut his GPS monitor to run from police.
So now he is wanted again for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Intent to go Armed, Evading Arrest, Criminal Trespassing, and Resisting Arrest.
If you have any information on where David Ballard could be found, please call (423) 698-2525 or submit an anonymous tip through the Chattanooga PD Mobile app.
The Springfield 9mm pictured in this post was recovered in this stop. #onefewergun