Murder Suspects Arrested in Manchester

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Brandon Shawn Smith and Stephanie Marie Rodriguez

According to Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied, two people wanted in connection with a Covington, Georgia homicide/robbery were arrested in Manchester.

Floied says, an alert clerk at a motel in Manchester had seen an alert issued out of Chattanooga about the murder and called 911. "The clerk saw them leaving and when he saw the license tag on the car he knew it was the one that Chattanooga had put out".

Floied saw the 2002 Honda Accord and followed it to the Beech Grove area where he stopped the vehicle. He said that the pair were arrested without any problem. The incident in Covington, Georgia was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart and was captured on surveillance video. The video shows a man walk up to Marsha Johnson, 65, in an attempt to grab her purse. During the struggle, she fell to the ground. The video, according Georgia authorities, shows the suspect get into Johnson's car and drive over her several times, killing her. A witness was able to provide police with a description of the suspect for a sketch artist working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Floied identified the pair as Brandon Shawn Smith, 27 and Stephanie Marie Rodriguez, 37. They were held in the Coffee County Jail over the weekend and face extradition back to Georgia to face the robbery/murder charges.

Georgia officials told authorities here that Smith and Rodriguez, could be responsible for at least ten violent purse snatching's in North and South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Georgia. According to Floied the car that the two were riding in was possibly stolen.
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