Teen charged with murdering security guard at DeKalb County auto dealership

DeKalb County police have arrested a teen for the murder of a 24-year-old security guard at a car dealership.

Thursday, the DeKalb County Police Department announced that a 16-year-old is under arrest for murder and burglary in connection with the investigation.

DeKalb County Sheriff Mirtha Ramos said in a statement to FOX 5. “I want to thank the community for their help during this investigation. This arrest is another example of what happens when the community and the police work together.”

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Henry Ashley was working on a security job at a courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in the 8400 block of the Parkway Mall on the night of February 19. Property alert.

This composite image from a surveillance photo released by DeKalb County Police shows the suspects in the February 19, 2022 murder of a security guard.

This composite image from a surveillance photo released by DeKalb County Police shows the suspects in the February 19, 2022 killing of a security guard. The 16-year-old suspect is the person in the black hoodie at the station. (DeKalb County Police Department)

Police said the suspects shot Henry while he was in the marked work vehicle. Paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he died. The five suspects then fled the scene in a gray hatchback.

Investigators say information from the community led to the suspect’s identification and arrest.

“I would like to thank the community for their assistance during this investigation,” said DeKalb Police Chief Mirtha Ramos. “This arrest is another example of what happens when the community and the police work together.”

Officials have not revealed the identity of the young man and say they are still searching for the other four suspects.

Speaking to FOX 5 on Tuesday, Ashley’s widow Kyla Ashley said she won’t rest until her husband’s killers are behind bars.

“I don’t hate them, I don’t. I don’t have a grudge against them,” Ashley said. “I just want them to have what’s to come. Henry doesn’t want me to hate. He didn’t. He doesn’t want me to hate. I just need them to be caught.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Officials are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to a loan arrest and a conviction in the case.

(DeKalb County Police Department)

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