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Woman strangled, stabbed to death; Female robber escapes after fighting workers

Bibb County Sheriff's deputies have released this surveillance photo of a female suspect wanted for a robbery at Family Dollar.
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A woman whose body was found at an apartment complex in east Atlanta was strangled and stabbed to death, officials said Thursday. But so far, police don’t know who killed the woman or why.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Janet Hutchison, 49, of Atlanta. They said the primary cause of her death was ligature strangulation and the secondary cause was multiple stab wounds.

Officers found the woman’s body around 9 a.m. Wednesday at 398 Boulevard northeast after someone called to report her death, according to the Atlanta police. With little clues to go on, homicide detectives canvasses the apartment complex, searching for answers that may help them determine what happened.

Police believe the woman lived at the complex, but it’s unclear if she lived alone.

Female Robber on the Run After Fighting Two Family Dollar Employees

A woman who managed to fight off two employees at a Family Dollar in Bibb County remained on the run Thursday. And police on Thursday have released a surveillance photo of the suspect, who they said was 5 feet, 4 inches and in her 40s, hoping someone will be able to identify her.

The incident happened at 9:55 p.m. on May 22 at the Family Dollar Store located at 1415 Rocky Creek Road, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said the woman approached the register and demanded money from the store clerk, claiming she had a handgun in her pocket.

“The clerk and assistant manager engaged the suspect in a physical altercation,” the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said. “The employees sustained minor injuries in the struggle. They were checked by paramedics at the scene and released.”

The suspect, a white woman who weighs around 200 to 250 pounds with dark hair pulled up in a bun, was wearing a blue and white floral print tank top and blue pants, deputies said.

She fled the scene in an older model white Ford Pickup with a wide burgundy or maroon stripe along the length of the truck. The truck also had a “disabled person’ license plate, deputies said. Investigators said the suspect left without getting any money from the store.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500 and ask to leave a message for an on-call investigator, or Macon Regional Crime stoppers at (877) 682-7463.