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Mother Uses 5-Year-Old Child As Human Shield While Committing String Of Armed Carjackings, Police Say

Clarksville, TN – A 24-year-old mother shot at a motorist and used her five-year-old child as a human child while committing numerous armed carjackings in just a matter of hours late last week, according to police.

The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) was called to the Minit Mart on Trenton Road at approximately 4:42 p.m. on Dec. 22 for a report of a carjacking, the agency said in a press release.

The victim told investigators that a woman approached her while she was pumping gas, pointed a gun at her, and stole her Nissan Juke, according to the CPD.

Just a half hour later, the CPD received a report of shots fired in the area of Ted Crozier Sr. Boulevard and Warfield Boulevard.

They arrived to discover that a woman had just “used her child as a shield” and fired a gun before taking off with the victim’s black Mercedes Benz, according to police.

Investigators also located the abandoned Nissan Juke nearby.

Officers in Cheatham County later recovered the stolen Mercedes Benz after the suspect ditched it and carjacked a silver Ford F-150, according to the CPD.

She ultimately crashed the stolen pickup on Interstate 24 near mile marker 16 and managed to escape.

The CPD identified the armed carjacker as 24-year-old Bethany Wilson.

Wilson was located at the Days Inn near Exit 11 shortly before 11 p.m. that night, according to the CPD.

Officers took her into custody without confrontation.

Wilson’s five-year-old child was also with her at the motel and was found safe and unharmed, according to the CPD.

Wilson was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, but police said additional charges are expected.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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