- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) - Two people charged in the slaying earlier of a North Carolina motel manager earlier this month have been arrested in California.

The U.S. Marshals Service tells area media outlets that 21-year-old Tyler Mark Pierce surrendered to the California Highway Patrol after being stopped Monday on Interstate 80.

His girlfriend, 21-year-old Samantha Lynn Shilts, was arrested separately and is in custody in Sacramento County, California.

Warrants were issued earlier charging the two with first-degree murder and common-law robbery in the death of the manager of a motel in Raeford.

Sheriff’s deputies say the body of 58-year-old Jakir Mohammad Sheikh was found Jan. 19 in a room that the couple had rented.

It was not immediately clear if the two had attorneys.

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