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Woman carjacks Home Depot employee after asking him for ride home from store

By Mason White 10:06 AM January 16, 2015
Stephanie Rachels 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A female customer asked a Home Depot employee to give her a ride home, and then stole his car.

Stephanie Rachels, 42, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, was arrested after she persuaded a Home Depot employee to give her a ride home and then carjacked him at gunpoint with a male accomplice.

The victim, Aaron Black, told police that he left work near the Hamilton Place Mall at 9:00 p.m., when the woman, who was a regular customer, asked him for a ride home.

Black told police that since she is a frequent customer, he agreed. During her ride home, the woman asked Black to stop and pick up a man.

Black stopped, and a white man entered the car. After driving a short distance, the man pulled out a small gun and put it to the driver’s head, police said.

Black was ordered to exit the car. He did as he was told and the two drove off.

About 12 days after the carjacking, East Ridge Police spotted the vehicle and pulled it over. The man who drove the car, told police that he bought the car for $450 from a woman named Stephanie.

The new car owner was shown some photos and picked Rachels as the woman who sold him the car.

Rachels was booked into the Hamilton County Jail, and was later released after posting $50,000 bail.

Police have since arrested the accomplice. He was identified as 21-year-old Christopher Walker. He was charged with carjacking. Walker’s bond was set at $100,000.