Attempted carjacking leads to arrest of suspect in Shell station robbery

Rain Smith • Mar 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — An attempted carjacking in Lynn Garden has led to the arrest of a Kingsport woman — and her confession to being involved with a Monday morning robbery.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, about 9 p.m. Tuesday a woman was vacuuming her vehicle at Quality Car Wash, 517 Lynn Garden Drive. She was approached by another woman who asked for a ride. When the victim refused, police said the suspect pulled a handgun, demanding the victim get in the car she was cleaning.

KPD Detective Frank Light said the victim grabbed her purse from her car, ran to the roadway and stopped a motorist, who then dialed 911.

Police say the suspect was located behind a fence at the car wash. Cierra Maria Villegas, 18, of 1602 W. Sullivan St., Apt. 2, had a BB gun stuck in the waistband of her pants, police said. She was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated kidnapping and criminal attempt to commit carjacking.

Once arrested, Villegas also confessed to being one of two suspects involved in the robbery of a Kingsport gas station early Monday morning, police said.

In that incident, Villegas allegedly entered the Shell station at 2000 N. Eastman Road about 3:40 a.m. Police say she demanded money then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

According to police, Villegas was accompanied by a second female who never entered the store, and they may have left in a four-door white compact car.

With her confession in the Shell station incident, police added a charge of aggravated robbery against Villegas.

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