2nd carjacking suspect captured overnight

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A second suspect connected to a November carjacking case is now in police custody.

Christopher Walker, 21, of Ooltewah was arrested Sunday night and charged with November 11 carjacking of man in the 8200 block of Old Cleveland Pike.

Walker’s Arrest comes days after the arrest of Stephanie Rachels, 42, of Ooltewah. 

According to police, the victim was leaving his job at Home Depot and noticed a female customer sitting in the parking lot. He reportedly knew the woman as a regular store customer so when she asked for ride home, he reportedly agreed.

While en route to her home, the woman reportedly asked if they could pick a man she knew within the 8200 block of Old Cleveland Pike.

That man reportedly entered the vehicle then held a revolver to the victim’s head and told the victim to get out.

12 days later, the stolen vehicle was located in East Ridge and stopped by police. The man driving the vehicle told officers that he purchased the vehicle for $450 from a woman named Stephanie.

On December 26, detectives showed the carjacking victim a photo lineup of suspects matching the description of the woman who took part in the crime.  He identified Stephanie Rachels.

As of this past weekend, police were still looking for the second suspect who was identified through as Walker through a photo lineup.

Once officers identified Walker as the second suspect and where he lived, they made contact with his father who called Walker on the phone. Police reportedly asked to speak to Walker but he refused. Walker was eventually arrested.

Both suspects are no strangers to law enforcement.

According to court documents, Walker has been convicted of auto burglary, credit card fraud, evading arrest and reckless endangerment.

Rachels has a lengthy arrest record that dates back to 1994. In the past she has been charged with two counts of passing worthless checks, theft, auto burglary, and joy riding. She was only convicted on the joy ridging charge. The other charges were dismissed in court.

A judge set Rachels bond at $50,000 and Walker’s bond at $100,000.

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