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UPDATE: Suspects arrested in Homicide- Robbery Wal-Mart case

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UPDATE: Covington Police Department said they received a tip from a Tennessee resident by phone, on Saturday. The tipster identified the suspects and vehicle as the ones being looked for by law enforcement. 

Manchester Tennessee Police Department later located the vehicle and made a traffic stop. Manchester and Covington Police Departments identified the occupants in the car as, Brandon S. Smith, 27, and Stephanie M. Rodriguez, 37, the vehicle was also identified as the silver 2002 Honda Accord seen leaving the incident of the Homicide-Robbery at the Covington Wal-Mart. 

Smith and Rodriguez were arrested and are currently in custody in Manchester, Tennessee and awaiting extradition to Covington, Georgia. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man caught on video running over a woman and killing her in a Walmart parking lot in Covington, Ga. Monday.

The surveillance video shows the suspect, described as a large Hispanic man, grabbing 65-year-old Martha Johnson’s purse, sending her to the ground.

He then ran her over several times and managed to escape, despite witnesses who tried to block him.

Police are intensifying their efforts to find the suspect.

Atlanta media report one of Johnson’s credit cards was found, unused, in Chattanooga the day after the fatal robbery.

Witnesses helped police develop a sketch for both the suspect and a passenger in the car. 

A spokesman with the Covington Police Department tells our NBC affiliate WXIA they've partnered with Police Who Care, CrimeStoppers, and Walmart to offer a $10,000 reward for information.

The Hispanic man is described as: 

  • Large, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds
  • Goatee
  • In his late 20s or early 30s
  • Last seen driving a late-1990s to mid-2000s model silver or gray Honda with damage to its left side
  • Either out-of-state or dealer tags

Police said the passenger has reddish-brown dyed hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department at 404-577-8477.

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