Local woman charged in Stockbridge robbery

By Jason A. Smith


A Stockbridge woman was being held without bond in the Henry County Jail Wednesday, for her alleged involvement in a holdup.

Rachel Christine Chapa, 27, is charged with armed robbery. She appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday, represented by the Public Defender's Office.

The suspect waived her right to a preliminary hearing in the case, and Judge Robert Godwin bound her charge over to Superior Court.

The incident occurred between 2:20 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., May 11, at a home on Willow Hill Lane in Stockbridge. According a warrant obtained by Henry County Police Detective Marc McGowan, Chapa was not acting alone at the time of the alleged heist.

"The accused and another person ... took from [the victim] cash in the amount of $368, property of the victim, by use of a pistol," the warrant states.

No additional items were reported stolen during the incident.

A Henry County Police report, by Officer Grant Standard, states that the victim did not know the people who committed the alleged robbery. The incident, according to authorities, does not appear to be drug-related.

Henry County Sheriff's Chief Deputy David McCart said Chapa was apprehended by Henry Police Detective James Brumage Friday, and brought to the jail.

A police department spokesperson could not be reached Wednesday for information on the second suspect in the robbery, or additional details in the case.