Robbery Victim Identifies Suspect As Woman Who Did Her Taxes

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Clarissa Marlene Shackleford
Clarissa Marlene Shackleford

A Chattanooga woman who was robbed, maced and knocked in the head said she could identify one of the suspects because she had done her taxes.

Police went to Liberty Tax Service on Brainerd Road and arrested Clarissa Marlene Shackleford, 31, of Sylvan Drive.

She is charged with aggravated robbery.

In the incident on Valentine's Day, Romieka Madden said she was walking from her apartment on Poplar Street to her vehicle when a black female and a black male approached her.

The woman demanded that she give her all her money.

She said the man struck her in the back of the head and the woman pepper sprayed her.

She ran back into her apartment and locked the door.

The victim told investigators the female robber was "the same woman who had filed her taxes."

Ms. Madden picked Ms. Shackleford out of a photo lineup.

Police went to the tax service and found Ms. Shackleford with her husband, Demond Shackleford. Both were taken in to be questioned.

The victim was shown a photo of the husband, but she said he was not involved.

Police said they found a large sum of cash and OC spray in Ms. Shackleford's purse.

Ms. Shackleford admitted having an argument with Ms. Madden, but she said the only time she left the office was to pick up her mother with her husband. The husband said he did not leave with his wife to go anywhere.

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