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According to an arrest warrant, two of the victims in a triple homicide at an Atlanta-area golf club over the July 4 weekend were found bound with tape.
Last Saturday, authorities discovered Gene Siller,41, Paul Pierson, 76, and Henry Valdez, 46, with their hands, legs, and mouths bound in the bed of a pickup truck parked outside the Pinetree Country Club’s 10th hole in Kennesaw, Georgia. Gene Siller, a 46-year-old golf pro, was also discovered near the truck.
Bryan Anthony Rhoden, 23, has been identified as the alleged murderer. He was apprehended Thursday evening, four days after the strange triple homicide perplexed officials.
He is 23 years old.
Pro Golfer Gene Siller Killer Arrested (County Country Club Shooter)
Rhoden was apprehended mere hours after the murders last weekend, but authorities had not yet linked him to the golf course crimes, so he was released on Tuesday night, according to jail records.
He was stopped by Chamblee police while driving a black Maserati Ghibli on misdemeanor charges including DUI, a headlight violation, providing false identification, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, and having the wrong license plate on his car, according to a separate arrest warrant.
A multi-agency task group comprised of officers of the Chamblee, Georgia Police Department, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service apprehended Rhoden again on Thursday evening.
According to the sheriff’s office, Rhoden was unarmed and was apprehended without resistance.
According to Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox, Rhoden is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping in addition to three counts of murder. Cox also stated that Rhoden had no collaborators and was a “lone shooter” at a press conference. Cobb County police have not revealed how Rhoden, an aspiring rapper who goes by the stage name B. Rod, was related to the three murders. At 8 p.m. Friday, he will appear virtually before a judge in Cobb County Magistrate Court.
Valdez and Pierson, who lived in California and Kansas, were found dead in the enclosed bed of Pierson’s Dodge Ram 3500 pickup after Rhoden drove it into the Pinetree Country Club’s 10th hole on Saturday afternoon, according to police.
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When the club’s golf director, Siller, approached the vehicle to inquire about the situation, Rhoden allegedly shot him in the head and escaped on foot. Police believe Siller was murdered because he “witnessed an active crime being committed,” although the nature of that crime is yet unknown. Pierson, Valdez, and Rhoden’s relationship is still unknown. According to Cox, none of the suspects have any ties to the Pinetree club, and authorities have not identified a motive or what drove Rhoden to drive into the golf course.
Ashley Siller, when reached via phone, declined to comment. Erma Valdez, Henry Valdez’s sister, told The Daily Beast, “Henry was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. A lover of music, surfing, traveling and made friends wherever he traveled to. His laugh could erupt a room and his big heart will be missed greatly.”
Alleged Cobb shooter Bryan Rhoden is an aspiring rapper who goes by the name B. ROD. He also has multiple previous arrests. In 2016 as an 18 year old GSU student he was arrested in a downtown Atlanta shooting & he was arrested in Indiana in 2020 after a high speed chase pic.twitter.com/9PLElOIB6S
— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) July 9, 2021
Rhoden had no known ties to the victims discovered in the truck, according to investigators.
Cobb County police said during a press conference Thursday night that they are investigating whether Rhoden had any ties to Pierson or Valdez. They refused to provide any other details, citing an active and ongoing inquiry. They said he had no relationship with Siller.
Rhoden was arrested by the Chamblee Police Department on unrelated crimes, including DUI, driving a vehicle without insurance, fake identification, and more, just hours after the murder.
Chamblee police claim they were unaware that Rhoden was a suspect in the triple murder at the time. According to Chamblee police, a considerable sum of money was seized during the arrest. On Tuesday at 8:35 p.m., Rhoden was released from the DeKalb County Jail on those counts. Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox declined to comment on whether Rhoden had been designated as a suspect by his department at the time. He did state, however, that Rhoden was identified as a suspect only a few days after the crimes.
DEVELOPING: Triple murder suspect Bryan Rhoden just made his first (virtual) court appearance. He showed no emotion and told the judge he understood the charges against him. He will remain jailed until his bond hearing on July 27. @wsbtv @ChrisJoseWSB pic.twitter.com/0mH2ZV3qoK
— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) July 9, 2021
Bryan Rhoden was apprehended in Chamblee with the help of the fugitive task force five days after the shooting. Using the confiscated funds, investigators set up a sting operation.
To get the money back, Rhoden approached the department. When he arrived at the Chamblee Police Department, he was arrested. Three counts of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of kidnapping have been filed against Rhoden.
Who was Gene Siller?
According to officials and reports, a Professional golfer named Gene Siller at a Georgia country club was fatally shot near the course’s 18th hole on Saturday.