UPDATE: Second suspect in Bradley Co robbery, stabbing arrested in McMinn Co
UPDATE: The Bradley County Sheriff's Office says the second suspect wanted in connection to a robbery where the victim was stabbed several times has been arrested on Wednesday.
BCSO spokesperson Adam Lewis says 25-year-old Alincia Renea Peterson was arrested in Etowah.
The sheriff's office says Peterson is accused of stabbing 46-year-old Caesar Rodriguez during a robbery on July 20.
The sheriff's office says 26-year-old Kaitlyn Dakota Evans is also a suspect in the case. Evans was arrested and charged with Felony Especially Aggravated Robbery.
Peterson is facing a Felony Especially Aggravated Robbery charge.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Bradley County deputies arrested a woman for robbing a man, but the search continues for a second suspect who they say stabbed the man 10 times.
It happened Saturday, July 20 during the 6 o’clock hour.
The victim, 46-year-old Caesar Rodriguez, had to be airlifted to a hospital. The suspects were identified as 26-year-old Kaitlyn Dakota Evans and 25-year-old Alincia Renea Peterson.
Sheriff Steve Lawson described the incident as a robbery gone wrong. He says it’s not clear if Rodriguez knew the two women, but he says Rodriguez felt comfortable enough to ask the two for a ride.
That’s when things escalated.
Lawson says a call came in around 6:26 p.m. from a couple who saw Rodriguez covered in blood, lying near an embankment on Clay Baker Road.
“We weren't sure what happened initially,” Lawson said. “The only thing we knew then is he told people that his name was Caesar. We didn't have a last name.”
Rodriguez was airlifted to the hospital.
Sheriff Lawson says it wasn't until the next day that they were able to get a clear statement from Rodriguez about what happened. He told them he asked two women, Evans and Peterson, for a ride to Chattanooga to pick up some tools he left at his job. He provided a basic physical description of one of the women and the last four digits of her phone number.
“While in route they stopped at a convenience store and purchased beer and cigarettes,” Lawson explained. “They then stopped at a fast food restaurant to purchase food.”
Rodriguez told deputies when the three of them left shortly after, Peterson climbed into the back seat where he was sitting and asked for money.
“Evidently he had a roll of money and they had seen the money. When he refused they began stabbing him with a small pair of scissors,” Lawson said.
Investigators say a witness saw the two fighting on Denton Hollow Road. They say the female pair drove about three miles to Clay Baker Road, where they pushed Rodriguez out of the car.
“He was very lucky that it's not any worse than it is, but I guess they're very lucky too,” Lawson said.
Three days later, deputies stopped Evans in a maroon Toyota Camry. They say she was driving the same car Rodriguez was stabbed in, which was seen on surveillance cameras at the convenience store where they stopped the day of the stabbing. Bloodstains were found in the back seat. Investigators say Evans corroborated Rodriguez’s story.
“She stated the weapon used was still in the door pocket of the car, along with the victim’s cell phone,” a press release stated.
Evans was arrested and charged with Felony Especially Aggravated Robbery with a $20,000 bond.
Peterson has not been found, but Lawson believes she is still in the area.
“She may be here in Cleveland. She may be in Chattanooga. I'm sure that somebody out there can help us with the location.”
Peterson also faces a Felony Especially Aggravated Robbery charge. Lawson says her bond will be set at $30,000.
If you have any information on where to find Peterson, call 911.