ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have arrested a man they think is responsible for the murder of Jerrick Jackson in May.Jackson is the brother of Bishop Wiley Jackson, pastor ofGospel Tabernacle Church in Atlanta.
According to Atlanta Police, 17-year-old Alejandro"Big Poppa" Pitts was arrested by theU.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and thepolice department's fugitive squad Thursday. Pitts is charged with murder and armed robbery.
Pitts waived his first court hearing Friday. He is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.
Police said Pitts was with a group of fellow gang members when Jackson was shot and killed in the driveway of his home on Lowe Street in Atlanta. Jackson had returned home with his fiancée when they were jumped and robbed. Police said when the suspects tried to force Jackson and his fiancée into his house, Jackson fought back and was shot.
Jackson's stepdaughter Anbiya Mitchell was in the house and heard the commotion outside. She said she owes her life to her stepfather.
"I really do feel like he's a hero and he's my hero," she said.
Police released several surveillance videos of suspects using the victim's credit cards and checkbook after the murder. It finally paid off nearly three months later with Pitts' arrest.
"There are at least three others that were involved," Atlanta Police Lt. Paul Guerrucci said. "Rest assured there will be additional arrests that follow."
Police said they have the names of at least three other suspects that the U.S. Marshals are looking for.
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