Arrest Made In Applebees Manager Murder

There's been an arrest in the murder of an Applebees manager in Roanoke Rapids.

Police tell WITN News that Joshua Rouse, a recent employee of the restaurant was arrested Thursday afternoon for first degree murder.

Riedel's sister, Cindy Riedel, called into WITN saying Rouse was fired Thursday morning, and was a current Applebee's employee when the murder happened.

Restaurant general manager Sandy Riedel was killed Monday morning at the business. Her body was found around 7:40 a.m. by another employee.

Police chief J.K. Hinton wouldn't go into any details about how they tied Rouse to the murder, only to say that all area surveillance tapes were taken into evidence.

Riedel, who was originally from Swansboro, attended ECU and worked at the Applebees in Greenville.

The state court web site says Rouse served almost six years on attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges. He was released from prison last May.

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