NWGA Scanner | September 28th, 2022

Tunnel Hill woman arrested on cruelty to children charges after vehicle chase with kids in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On September 15th, 2022, at approximately 8:30 am, Detective Roden was pulling up to the red light at Alabama Highway and Nashville Street when he pulled up behind a light blue Chrysler 300 with a “f**k 12” sticker on the back window. According to the report, “Detective Roden had prior first-hand knowledge that the vehicle belonged to the female offender identified as Robin Denise Renfro, 35, of Tunnel Hill, and that she drove the male offender identified as Cody Don Renfro, 32, of Tunnel Hill, around in that vehicle. Detective Roden had conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle approximately a month prior to this incident and had informed Robin that Cody had felony warrants. Detective Roden observed Cody in the passenger seat of the vehicle and decided to attempt a traffic stop on the vehicle.” When Detective Roden initiated his emergency lights, the vehicle accelerated out of the parking spot and headed toward the north Alabama Highway exit. Robin pulled onto Alabama Highway, turning northbound, and nearly caused a vehicle to crash into the vehicle. Robin then turned south onto Nashville Street, pulled into the parking lot of the Ringgold Animal Hospital, and came to a stop on the east side of the building. Once the vehicle came to a stop, Cody exited the passenger side of the vehicle and fled on foot. Detective Roden removed Robin from the vehicle and placed her under arrest. Both Robin and Cody had their six-week-old son and 18-month-old daughter in the vehicle with them. Detective Roden took emergency custody of the children and transported them to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, where Catoosa County DFCS took custody of them. Students at Ringgold Middle School and Ringgold High School were on a soft lockdown that morning while authorities searched for Cody, who fled on foot. Detective Roden took warrants on Cody for fleeing on foot. Robin was booked into the Catoosa County Jail and charged with hindering the apprehension/ punishment of the criminal, cruelty to children 2nd degree x2, fleeing and attempting to elude police, and vehicle entering the roadway.