Elderly woman threatened, carjacked after giving stranger a ride

Posted at 9:35 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 22:35:56-05

LEANNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — An elderly woman's life was threatened during a carjacking in Rutherford County after giving a ride to a stranger.

Rutherford County Sheriff's officials say a 71-year-old woman was shopping at the Dollar General in Leanna when an unidentified woman asked for a ride.

The woman drove her to the location but after she pulled into the driveway, the woman threatened her and stole her 2007 black Toyota Yaris with Tennessee license plate 3G4-8V2, according to officials.

Deputy Grant Quintal said other items stolen in the car were the senior citizen’s purse, cell phone and cash. The woman was not injured but had to flag down another driver who contacted the sheriff’s office.

Officials say when the victim notified her bank to freeze her account, she learned her credit card had already been used at several stores in Nashville.

Anyone with information on the car or the woman responsible for the carjacking was asked to call the sheriff’s office dispatchers at 615-898-7770, Detective Gonzales at 615-904-3040 or Detective Stephen Lewis at 615-904-3055.