Ooltewah woman arrested for alleged carjacking

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – Police arrested a woman who was wanted in connection to a November carjacking in Chattanooga.

Stephanie Rachels, 42, of Ooltewah remains in jail on a $50,000 bond after police say she and another suspect carjacked a man at gunpoint.

The crime reportedly happened on the night of November 11 in the 8200 block of Old Cleveland Pike.

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.

According to court documents, 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.

Police are still looking for the man who actually pulled the gun on the victim. That suspect has been described as being 17-21 years of age, 5’9” and weighing between 160 to 165lbs.

Categories: Crime, Hamilton County, Local News

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