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UPDATE: Female carjacking suspect nabbed; second suspect in chase still at large

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A woman suspected of carjacking a woman's car after leading police on a chase is behind bars in Hamilton County.

Desiree Hester was arrested in a Nashville apartment on charges of carjacking and aggravated assault.

She was returned to Hamilton County Thursday and remains in jail on a $95,000 bond. She was wanted by Chattanooga police after investigators say she, and a police chase male suspect-- identified as Tyrell Flenoy -- led Georgia State Patrol on a high speed chase from Whitfield County in Chattanooga on Monday.

The pair fled from the vehicle -- and Hester allegedly carjacked a woman, striking the woman as she fled.

Hester's next court date is set for April 21 before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes.

Authorities are still searching for Flenoy.

Investigators say he is armed and should be considered dangerous.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, call police.


PREVIOUS STORY: Just hours after her name was added to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, 19-year-old Desiree Alexus Hester was arrested in Nashville on charges of carjacking and aggravated assault. 

Authorities are still looking for a second suspect in connection to the chase, Tyrell Flenoy, who was not found with her in an apartment in the 600 block of South 7th Street.

Hester was wanted by Chattanooga police after investigators say she, Flenoy and three women were pursued by Georgia State Patrol into Chattanooga Monday. Hester and Flenoy reportedly fled from the vehicle. Hester allegedly carjacked a blue Kia Sedona and struck the victim with the car.

Hester was booked into the Davidson County Jail. She will be extradited to Hamilton County. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Desiree Alexus Hester, one of the suspects in a carjacking Monday, has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) Top Ten Most Wanted list.  And a $1000 reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest. 

Hester is wanted by the TBI and Chattanooga Police for Aggravated Assault and Carjacking. 

Monday, Hester, Tyrell Flenoy and three females were pursued by the Georgia State Police into Chattanooga.  

Hester and Flenoy fled the vehicle after the pursuit. Shortly afterward, Hester committed a carjacking, striking the victim with the car as she fled the scene. She is believed to be traveling with Flenoy, who has been charged by the Georgia State Police with multiple felonies, including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Flenoy is also wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for a felony Probation Violation stemming from a previous Attempted Robbery conviction.

Hester and Flenoy are both members of the Bloods gang and should be considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to be driving a 2015 blue Kia Forte, with Tennessee license plate T99 34F.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desiree Hester is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). 


PREVIOUS STORY: A dented patrol car is what's left from Monday's pursuit that started along Interstate 75 in Whitfield County, Georgia and ended on I-24 in Chattanooga. 

Sgt. Darren Gleaton with Georgia State Patrol says the chase started when a car was seen speeding and passing others in the emergency lane.

“We know beyond a shadow of a doubt the pursuit was at least 90 miles per hour for my trooper to cross the state line,” Gleaton said.

Five people were in the car, four females and one man ranging in ages between 17 and 22.

Gleaton says after two PIT maneuvers, troopers pinned the car against a guardrail.

That's when the male driver jumped out of the passenger window dropping a fully loaded Airweight Smith and Wesson .38 revolver.

Investigators say the gun was used in connection with an aggravated burglary in Clarksville.

“When that report was filed, it was stolen from a home in Clarksville,” Gleaton said.

A 19 year old also took off. Chattanooga Police identify her as Desiree Hester. Three females in the back seat of the car were detained and later released.

Police say minutes after the crash, Hester carjacked an elderly woman on S. Lyerly Street running over the woman's foot as she tried to get away.

“If she would have swerved or hit her the right way, we could be talking about a critical situation,” Sgt. Scott Bales with Chattanooga Police said.

Investigators do not believe the pair has ties to the Chattanooga area and believe they are headed toward Nashville. They consider the duo dangerous after Monday's string of violent events.

Investigators know who the male driver is and say he is a convicted felon. Nashville Police signed warrants against the man hours before Monday's pursuit started.

GSP tells Channel 3 the driver of that car is facing at least nine separate charges just from Monday's chase alone.


PREVIOUS STORY: Police are still looking for a man and woman who got away after a high-speed chase Monday that ended in a crash involving two Georgia State Patrolmen along Interstate 24. 

Chattanooga police have identified the female suspect as 19-year-old Desiree Hester.

Hester is accused of carjacking an elderly woman and then hitting her with the stolen vehicle, according to police. She is also a suspect in the car chase that begin Monday's car chase.

GSP tells Channel 3 four females and one man were spotted in a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles in the emergency lane on I-75 North around the Whitfield County line.

The car passed two other troopers around mile marker 353. GSP says driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and passing in the emergency lane is considered a felony which allowed troopers to pursue the vehicle over state lines into Tennessee.

After two PIT maneuvers were performed, the pursuit ended on I-24 on the Ridge Cut involving two GSP troopers. The GSP troopers were not injured. GSP says one female and the male jumped out of the car and ran away. Three females in the back of the vehicle were arrested at the scene of the crash.

A gun was found at the scene of the crash. GSP tells Channel 3 the gun has been linked to another crime scene but could not specify where.

Chattanooga Police tell Channel 3 the female that got away was involved in a carjacking minutes later on Lyerly Street. The carjacking victim was injured when the female suspect ran over the driver's foot.

The driver was taken to the hospital.

Police have not released the identities of the man and woman at this time.

PREVIOUS STORY: Two suspects involved in a crash on Interstate 24 westbound are still on the loose.

The collision happened around 5:00 p.m. Monday on the Ridge Cut.  

Two Georgia State Patrol (GSP) officers were chasing the two suspects, a male and female on Interstate 75 north from Catoosa County. 

Following the crash, in which the GSP officers were also involved, the two suspects jumped out of the car and took off.

Dispatchers tell Channel 3 the two officers involved in the accident were not injured. 

The suspects ended up in the 2000 block of Lyerly Street where they carjacked a blue Kia Sedona pulling the driver from the vehicle. 

In the process of leaving the scene the suspects ran over the driver's foot.  The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. 
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