Good Samaritan found in Little Five Points double murder, robberies | News
UPDATE: Atlanta police have confirmed that the man who found a wallet connected to a homicide investigation in Little Five Points has come forward.
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are looking for a man they're calling a Good Samaritan, who knows a key piece of information that could help solve a double murder in Little Five Points.
Police say the man doesn't realize that what he knows could crack the case.
The man is not a suspect. Atlanta police hope the man gets word that they really want to talk with him, all because of the tragedy in Little Five Points in March.
Two men, friends with each other, were walking together in Little Five Points near Vortex Bar and Grill, right after leaving another neighborhood bar at closing time. And they were shot to death.
Police say it was a random, senseless double murder.
And right before the two were murdered, it turns out that some gunmen committed two robberies, not far away, at two locations along North Highland Avenue
Were the crimes committed by the same men?
The next day, a man found a wallet belonging to one of the robbery victims, and turned it in to the North Highland Pub because, although the victim's ID was not in the wallet, there was a Highland Pub rewards card in it.
So the restaurant was able to get the wallet back to that robbery victim.
The question police have – did the Good Samaritan find the stolen wallet at the scene of the murders?
Police say if he did find it there, that could put the robbers at the murders scene, and help police link the crimes, and solve them.
"We need to find that person," said Atlanta Police Detective Vince Velazquez on Friday. "We need to have him take us to where he found the wallet so we can see the proximity to where the murders occurred and where the wallet was located."
In March, police released surveillance video of four men who were trying to use an ATM card that had been stolen from one of the robbery victims on North Highland Ave. The men were at a convenience store across town, on Metropolitan Parkway. Since then, two men have been arrested – suspects in the robberies, not the murders, yet -- and police are still looking for at least two more men.
The Little Five Points community continues to grieve for the two men who were murdered – Joseph Hruska and Chay Kelsey.
"Very well loved in the community and very much missed," said a friend of both men, Kahle Davis, Friday evening.
Davis, the president of the Little Five Points Business Association, said that after the murders, L5P businesses raised their own money to install outdoor surveillance cameras covering all of Little Five Points, and to hire off duty police officers to patrol the neighborhood on foot.
Troublemakers, he said, didn't like the security improvements.
"Once they started to get the idea the officer wasn't going away, then a lot of the bad elements moved out," Davis said.
And crime in the area, Davis said, has decreased dramatically.
Now, he said, if only the Good Samaritan who found the wallet would come forward, for Hruska and Kelsey.
"Absolutely everybody wants justice for these guys," Davis said.
And members of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association are raising money to add to that reward.