SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - UPDATE: Chatham County Police say two suspects are in custody in connection to a homicide at the Stallion Motel that took place over the weekend.
Investigators say Emanuel Harvey and Alexis Brown were both apprehended in McDuffie County. Harvey was taken into custody Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Task Force on an unrelated warrant. Brown was taken into custody Thursday night with the assistance of the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office. Both have been charged with one count of felony murder.
The Department of Corrections had been looking for Harvey since last week. They say he failed to return to a transitional center from work on March 29.
Police say there are a lot of unanswered questions in this case. They say forensics played a big part in leading to the arrests.
“We quickly realized by the nature of this scene it was a homicide investigation, and we began following that course of action,” said Chief Jeff Hadley, Chatham County PD.
As of right now, the motive is unknown.
“It could be a robbery. It could be a revenge kind of thing. We are still trying to figure that out. We have yet to interview the suspects that we do have in custody, so maybe some of that will become clearer as we progress through the course of the interrogations.”
Officials are waiting for toxicology tests to come back from the coroner’s office.
Police investigating the death of a Savannah motel manager said they hope to have a break in the case in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Sunday 60-year-old Bhikhubhai Patel was found dead after police went to Stallion Motel for a welfare check.
WTOC reporters went to the Stallion Motel Thursday and and found the office door locked. There was a note on the door that said a manager was not available and it gave an emergency number to call.
Chatham County Police Department said officers were called to the Stallion Motel on Ogeechee Road around 5:30 p.m. Sunday where they found Patel dead. The police report said when officers got there, they found Patel dead in the entrance way of room number nine.
The police report also said Patel was the property manager and stayed in the apartment that is attached to the main office.
WTOC spoke to a lady Thursday who lives at the motel. She didn’t want to go on camera but said that residents were told they have to leave by Sunday and the motel is now closed.
Another lady who lives near the area says it’s shocking to hear something like this has happened.
“It’s actually kind of bold that someone would try to do that here and – I wouldn’t say get away with it because sooner or later what happens in the dark comes to light. I’m not sure. It’s just – it’s really unknown," said Ineechia Holder.
The Chatham County Police Department is still investigating this case. If you have any information, they ask that you give them a call.