By CHRISTIN COYNE
A man and woman have been charged with capital murder in the May 22 death of a Parker County man.
South Carolina authorities have arrested Brandon Bernard Daniels, 30, and Damonica Laniesha Evans, 25, on capital murder and robbery warrants.
Fort Worth police believe the two are responsible for the death of 53-year-old Marion Brown, an executive with a refrigeration equipment business who lived on the Brazos River in southern Parker County.
Partial remains of Brown and Brown’s vehicle were found on fire in two locations near Tyler on May 23.
The following day, Brown’s body was found in Cross Lake near Shreveport, La.
Police believe the two suspects returned to Fort Worth and attempted to clean up the crime scene before fleeing to South Carolina, where Daniels reportedly has family.
“On [Monday] June 23rd the United States Marshal’s Service arrested Evans in an apartment complex in Florence, South Carolina, without incident,” Fort Worth police said in a statement. “Daniels ran from authorities and was captured in the woods behind the same apartment complex where Evans was arrested.”
Fort Worth police said it appears Evans and Daniels were setting up individuals to be robbed through an online escort service.
The day prior to Brown’s disappearance, May 21, a man reported being robbed at an apartment in the 5000 block of Enclave Circle after making an appointment to see a woman he met online, according to a Fort Worth police report.
Evans and Daniels, who have been charged with aggravated robbery, as well, reportedly took the 36-year-old man’s cash and credit cards while pointing a shotgun at him.
While the victim reportedly lay on the floor, the male suspect reportedly struck him on the back of the head with the gun, causing him to bleed and become disoriented.
The two wrote down his wife’s phone number and driver’s license information and threatened to tell his family and visit them if he contacted police, the man reported.
After they let him go, the man reportedly drove himself to the nearest hospital and called police.
After a search of the residence on May 29 in connection with the two incidents, Fort Worth police obtained capital murder warrants for the two, believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend.
“The FWPD Homicide Unit would like to extend its thanks to the FWPD Robbery and Fugitive Units, the Smith County Sherriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, the Shreveport LA. P.D., the U.S Marshall’s Service and the Florence S.C. P.D.,” Fort Worth police said in a statement.
“All these agencies and more assisted in the investigation and capture of these two individuals.”
“We would also like to extend our thanks to our media partners and the citizens of Fort Worth for being patient during a difficult and complicated investigation.”