Update: Police release video of suspect in unknown liquid assault at CARTA

Chattanooga Police released surveillance video of the woman they believe splashed an unknown liquid outside CARTA last month. The incident sent 5 people to the hospital. (Image via Chattanooga Police).

UPDATE (Wednesday, Oct. 11):

Chattanooga Police are asking for your help identifying the suspect they say threw an unknown liquid into a woman's face and affected four other CARTA employees.

Police say the suspect is a black female of light complexion between 5'3" and 5'5" tall. The suspect was seen driving a charcoal/dark grey BMW sedan.

If you have any information about the suspect, please call the Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.


The Chattanooga Fire Department and a hazardous materials team responded to the scene of where a Chattanooga woman had an unknown liquid thrown in her face early Tuesday morning. Four other bystanders were also affected, and the Chattanooga Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau is now investigating due to the unusual nature of the assault.

The incident happened right in front of the headquarters for the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) on Sholar Avenue just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the suspect was described as a black female of light complexion, between 5'3" and 5'5" in height, wearing rubber gloves, a hair net or scarf, a blue short sleeve t-shirt, and khaki pants.

Police call this a "targeted incident," and says the four other people were not intended targets. Chattanooga Police spokesman Rob Simmons says the incident is being considered an aggravated assault.

Police say they have no suspect in custody yet, but they have seen surveillance video which shows the suspect make a "bee line" to their intended victim. Chattanooga Police describe the suspect as a black female with light complexion, about 5’3 to 5’5 in height, wearing rubber gloves, hair net or scarf, a blue short sleeve t- shirt, and khaki pants.

In an email release, Captain David Thompson, Jr. of the Chattanooga Fire Department says the woman had "an unknown liquid" thrown in her face. EMS workers say the woman suffered burns to her face, and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Thompson says a hazardous materials team tested the liquid on the scene and it was "found to be non-life-threatening." It was sent for further testing.

Chattanooga Police later confirmed all of those affected were CARTA employees.

Right now we don't know the condition of the woman who was hurt. And police have not made any arrests in the case, but they are reviewing surveillance video and plan to interview the woman once she's out of the hospital.

If you have any information about the incident, please call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.

CARTA released a statement late Tuesday about the incident, saying "“We would like to reassure the general public that there is no threat or imminent danger to them, and our services will continue to operate as normal. The safety of our employees and the general public is always our number one priority."

Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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