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1-12-17 Four Validated Gang Members Arrested


Upon arrival officers found validated gang member James Geter (convicted felon) in possession of a loaded handgun and marijuana. A search of the premises was then conducted and two other validated gang members were located hiding in the stalls of the women's restroom. One of the subjects informed officers he had active warrants. Michael Jones (convicted felon) was also located in possession of a loaded handgun in another part of the building.

CPD K-9 officers were then called in to conduct a thorough search of the premises. A K-9 made a hit on a suspect's vehicle where officers discovered a loaded firearm.

CPD Neighborhood Policing, Focused Deterrence Investigators, Task Force Investigators and K-9 units were all instrumental in arresting the 4 validated gang members.

Focus Deterrence Officers believe the arrests of these individuals stopped potential violent acts before they happened last night. Due to these arrests, the CPD Violent Crimes Bureau has additional leads to follow in other gang related violent crime.


James Geter, 23, male:

Possessing A Firearm With Intent To Go Armed

Possession Of A Firearm During Commission or Attempt To Commit a Felony

Drugs General Category for Resale

Michael Jones, 21, male:

Possession Of A Firearm With Intent To Go Armed

Possession of a Firearm During the Commission Of A Dangerous Felony

Dartangan Rollins, 22, male:

Violation of Probation (Possession of Controlled Substance)

Brandon Rakestraw, 20, male:

Possessing A Firearm With Intent To Go Armed

Reckless Endangerment

Disorderly Conduct

Violation of Probation - 3 counts Aggravated Assault

Violation of Probation - Possession of Marijuana

Violation of Probation - Possession of a Weapon

Chattanooga Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)

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