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Mother Accused Of Using Child As Shield During Carjacking Spree, Crash In Tennessee

Bethany Wilson, 24, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery after Clarksville Police said she stole at least three cars and crashed one of them on the highway.

By Caitlin Schunn
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A Tennessee woman is accused of going on an hours-long crime spree — allegedly stealing at least three different vehicles at gunpoint while using her young child as a human shield, and then crashing one of the vehicles on the interstate before hiding from officers in a hotel.

Bethany Wilson, 24, from Goodlettsville, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, the Clarksville Police department said in a Facebook post, adding that other charges are pending.

A 51-year-old woman told Clarksville police she was pumping gas along Trenton Road at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, when she was approached by a woman police say was Wilson, who allegedly pointed a gun at her and stole her Nissan. 

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About a half-hour later, a second victim told police he ran when a woman believed by police to be Wilson fired shots and stole his black Mercedes Benz in the area of Warfield Boulevard and Ted Crozier Sr. Boulevard — using her child as a human shield, according to police. Clarksville Now reports that the child is 5 years old.

Bethany Wilson

Police found the first car in the parking lot of the Jubilee House on Warfield, a senior living community in Clarksville. The second vehicle was found as well, but Wilson also allegedly stole a silver Ford F-150, which authorities say she crashed along I-24.

Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, Clarksville police received information that Wilson was hiding at a Days Inn and took her into custody. Her child was with her, and is safe, police said in their Facebook post.

Police have not shared a motive yet or any other details, but added that they're still investigating and that additional charges may come.

Authorities are asking those who may have any information to call Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477. Police are also hoping to get more video footage of the acts. Anyone who has any is being asked to contact Detective Lockerman at 931-648-0656, ext. 5299.