Second suspect arrested in Brookhaven murder, armed robbery

June 30, 20171min2280
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A second suspect is in custody in connection with the June 1, 2017 shooting death of Travis Elliot Ridley of Brookhaven.

The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit has arrested 27-year-old Abel Asefan Asmelash of Stone Mountain, who had been sought by authorities since a warrant was issued for his arrest on the day of the incident.  He is charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

On June 13, 2017, deputies arrested the first suspect, 24-year-old Edward Tavarez, of Norcross, on the same charges.

Warrants allege that the three men may have been involved in a drug deal for an estimated $26,000 at a Clairmont Road location in Brookhaven when the suspects robbed the victim and a shootout occurred that resulted in Elliot being shot and killed.

DeKalb Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Asmelash at an apartment complex near Decatur and transported him to the DeKalb County Jail without incident.

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