A 42-year-old woman was arrested today after police say she convinced a Home Depot employee to give her a ride home and then helped carjack him at gunpoint with a male accomplice.
The victim, Aaron Black, told police that he left work at a Home Depot near the Hamilton Place Mall around 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 when he ran into a woman — who police suspect is Stephanie Rachels — in the parking lot.
The woman asked for a ride home, Black told police, and since he recognized her as a frequent customer, he agreed. Black said he was driving a few miles away on Old Cleveland Pike when the woman asked him to stop and pick up a man.
Black stopped and an unknown white male got into the car. After driving a short distance, the man pulled out a small gray revolver and put it to Black's head, according to police.
He told Black to get out of the car, and Black complied. The woman and the man drove away. Black described the male suspect as about five feet nine inches tall, about 165 pounds and between the ages of 17 and 21.
Two weeks after the carjacking, East Ridge police found the car. The owner of the car told police that a woman named Stephanie sold him the car for $450. The owner subsequently picked Rachels out of a photo lineup. In December, Black also picked Rachels out of a lineup, according to police.
Rachels' criminal history includes charges of burglary, theft, criminal impersonation and joy riding. She was booked into the Hamilton County Jail and has been released on bond.
At this point it is unclear whether the accomplice, who could be a minor, has been identified or arrested.
Stay with the Times Free Press for updates on this developing story.