Police Catch Suspect In Shootings of Hair Stylist, Two Atlanta Homeless Men

Aeman Lovel Presley
Aeman Lovel Presley

A 34-year-old man being sought in a woman’s death has been arrested in connection with the killings of two homeless men who were shot three days apart while both were sleeping on sidewalks, Atlanta police said Friday.

Aeman Lovel Presley was in custody, but police weren’t providing further details about his arrest, said Sgt. Greg Lyon.

Presley, of Atlanta, also was wanted by police in Decatur, Georgia, in the fatal shooting Saturday night of a 44-year-old woman whose body was found behind an office building, according to police and CNN affiliate WSB.

An arrest warrant for Presley was issued in the Decatur case, Decatur police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said Friday.

“We are actively working with multiple agencies at this time and cannot provide any further information that may jeopardize ongoing investigations,” Ross said.

Karen Pearce, a hair stylist in Marietta, was shot shortly after she left a restaurant in downtown Decatur, the affiliate reported.

True Salon, where Pearce worked, said on its Facebook page Friday that “while we are relieved to hear that a suspect is in custody, we are still trying to comprehend this senseless act of violence that took a very special person from our lives.”

Presley or his attorneys couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Friday.

Atlanta police called the shootings of homeless men “sinister” because whoever pulled the trigger wasn’t expecting to gain from the victims monetarily.

“A lot of our shootings involve robbery. A lot of our shootings involve someone making good on an old debt or some kind of revenge factor,” Atlanta police Detective David Quinn told reporters earlier this week.

“I don’t know why someone would shoot two defenseless men.”

The shootings happened during Thanksgiving week, within three days of each other.

Three days, 3 miles apart

In the homeless men case, the first shooting took place November 23.

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SOURCE: CNN – Michael Martinez and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux

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