Police charge Teen with Carjacking Woman Near Aquarium Saturday

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A woman was carjacked at gunpoint Saturday night about 10 p.m. on Market Street at Aquarium Way.

The carjacking happened in the 200 block of Market Street near the Aquarium, Saturday night.

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Since the suspect is only 15 years old, Chattanooga police are not releasing a name but the teen is facing a number of charges.

Chattanooga police say the armed teen took the victim’s car by force. They say the woman tried to hold on to the vehicle as the suspect fled the scene, but she fell off and was not hurt.

Later, an officer spotted the suspect and began chasing the stolen vehicle. The suspect then crashed the car on Roanoke Avenue, while trying to ram the officer’s vehicle. The suspect then fled the wreck on foot, but was apprehended by the officer.

Since tourism is such a big part of the economy in Chattanooga, and the Aquarium is the heart of the tourism district, we asked several people if this kind of crime so near by, would affect their future vacationing decisions. Here’s what they said.

Amber Lashbrook, who once lived in Chattanooga said, “You know I’ve always felt safe in Chattanooga, I think it’s really an up an coming area and I’ve never felt in danger, I think I’d still probably travel and visit this area like I normally would.”

Peg Brooks, from Grafton, Illinois said, “People always need to be aware of surroundings obviously, but it’s everywhere. It’s not just targeted here, or in St. Louis or Chicago or wherever, it’s everywhere. There’s just dumb people, that do dumb things, and scary things unfortunately.”

“I come from Nashville, so I’m used to crime and we live in a small suburb and we have it there, so we want our streets to be safe and I think the police do a great job, as well as they can and they can’t catch everything, so I would say I hate that that happened, but it’s part of life unfortunately these days,” said Ryan Smith, who lives in Nashville.

The suspect is charged with carjacking, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of property, felony evading, and several other traffic violations.