The mayor of Atlanta has announced the arrest of a suspect in the stabbing death of a 77-year-old woman in what her son describes as “a lot of people’s worst nightmares.”
Antonio Brown, 23, is facing multiple charges after Eleanor Bowles was found dead in the garage of her home in the city’s Buckhead gated community on Saturday.
“I was on my way to see her for the holidays and I was a few hours late,” one of her sons, Michael Bowles, told Fox5 Atlanta. “Finding him like that is something that will stay with me forever. What happened to him was his worst nightmare. It’s a lot of people’s worst nightmares.”
Atlanta homicide Lt. Germain Dearlove said Bowles owned a 2021 Lexus RS350 SUV and the motive for the killing was to stop a robbery in progress.
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“We believe that the person tried to steal the vehicle,” he said. “Miss Bowles may have run into him and he was killed.”
Dearlove said Eleanor Bowles was stabbed multiple times and police said they found her car later that evening in Dekalb County.
“The son came home to visit his mother over the holidays. It’s horrible…this family should not have to spend their holiday season mourning and grieving the death of a loved one,” said Atlanta Police Chief “Deputy Charles,” said Hampton.
Hampton added that Brown had entered the gate team where Bowles lived on foot. How Brown got past security there, Hampton said, is still under investigation.
Brown is being held in the Fulton County Jail. He faces charges of aggravated battery, murder, carjacking, possession of a firearm or knife while committing or attempting to commit certain crimes, and abuse of a disabled or elderly person, according to jail records. accused of neglect or exploitation.
“If you pick up a gun in our city and pull a gun or a knife to injure, kill or kill someone, you will be arrested and sent to jail,” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Monday in announcing Brown’s arrest.
Dickens said Brown was captured less than 24 hours later after police released the photos in their search for a person of interest. According to Dickens, a local resident spotted Brown and called Atlanta police, who arrested him.
“When we’re faced with such horrific and horrific events, it’s very important for us to come together and act,” Dickens said.