COBB COUNTY, GA – Police arrested Bryan Rhoden on Thursday for the murder of three men at a Cobb County golf course.
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The bodies of Gene Siller, Henry Valdez and Paul Pierson were all found on the green at Pinetree Country Club on Saturday afternoon. Siller, the club’s golf professional, was shot near the 10th hole when police said he came across an ongoing crime. Police then found Valdez and Pierson bound and shot in the bed of a van parked on the green.
We will have LIVE coverage from Team 2 with the latest information on the investigation and what we know about Rhoden, on Channel 2 Action News NOW.
Here’s what we know about the suspect:
1. Rhoden is 23 and is from the Atlanta area
Bryan Anthony Rhoden grew up in the Smyrna area. He was living in an upscale condo in Midtown at the time of his arrest. He attended Georgia State University. Rhoden is a promising rapper named B Rod and has thousands of followers on his Instagram page. The manager listed on his Twitter profile confirms that Rhoden, also known as B Rod, is his client. The manager adds that he is working on a statement to be published.
2. The arrest warrants indicate that Rhoden kidnapped and tied the victims to the truck.
Channel 2 obtained arrest warrants on Friday that Rhoden kidnapped Valdez and Pierson before killing them. He is accused of having tied their hands, legs and mouths with duct tape before shooting them. Rhoden reportedly drove Pierson’s truck with Kansas license plates when he entered the 10th hole at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw on Saturday.
3. Investigators try to find a link between Rhoden and the victims
Investigators did not say if Rhoden had any connection to the victims found in the truck. At a press conference Thursday night, Cobb County Police said they were working to determine whether Rhoden had a connection to Pierson or Valdez. They no longer disclose any information, citing an active and ongoing investigation. They said they were convinced he had no connection with Siller.
4. Rhoden was arrested hours after the murders on an unrelated charge
Within hours of the murder, Rhoden was arrested by the Chamblee Police Department on unrelated charges including drunk driving, driving without insurance, fake ID and more . He released himself from DeKalb County Jail on the charges Tuesday. Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox did not say whether Rhoden had ever been identified as a suspect at that time. He said, however, that investigators developed Rhoden as a suspect within days of the crimes.
5. Rhoden was arrested Thursday in Chamblee in connection with the murders
Five days after the shooting, Bryan Rhoden was arrested in Chamblee with the help of the Fugitive Task Force. He was charged with three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping.
6. Rhoden has been in trouble with the law before
In 2016, Rhoden was arrested in another shootout in the parking lot of a Georgia State University dormitory. Police said Rhoden, 18 at the time, shot 19-year-old Honda driver Shelton Flournoy II three times as he tried to sell him drugs in him and a passenger. Rhoden was shot in the chest. Georgia State Police said they recovered a gun and a large amount of marijuana from Rhoden’s backpack. Rhoden was a GSU student at the time and lived in the dorms on Piedmont Avenue. The Fulton County District Attorney told Channel 2’s Justin Gray that the charges in that case were listed as “nolle prossequi,” meaning the decision was made not to prosecute.
In 2020, Atlanta police seized more than $ 19,000 in suspected drug money from Rhoden at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as he boarded a plane to Los Angeles. According to court documents, another agency informed them of Rhoden’s suspected drug activity. K-9 units detected a smell of marijuana on the silver. Rhoden allegedly hit an agent from the drug unit as he tried to escape. He lost the money, but was never charged with a crime.
Rhoden was also arrested in Indiana last year for leading police in a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.
7. Rhoden will face a judge on Friday night
Rhoden will appear before a Cobb County judge at 8 p.m. Friday night. Channel 2′Action News will have LIVE coverage of the court hearing on WSBTV.com and the latest details on WSB tonight at 11 p.m.
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