Police are still searching for one suspect wanted in Thursday’s carjacking and fatal wreck on Highway 92 in Acworth, and detectives say the man they are looking for should be considered armed and dangerous.
Following the arrests of three others Thursday night, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Maurice Perkins, 20, of Acworth, who is wanted on a charge of armed robbery and described as a black man, Lt. Col. Ron Hunton said at a press conference Friday.
“Mr. Perkins is still at large, and he certainly should be considered armed and dangerous; he’s potentially still armed,” Hunton said. “He was last known to be in the area of Bells Ferry Road in the Peaks Apartments, but at this point we’re not sure where he’s at.”
Acworth residents Jumar Greer, 19, Quovadis Arrington and his twin brother, Tavarus Arrington, both 23, were arrested Thursday night in the case, Hunton said.
Perkins and Greer, along with the driver, Andre Rodriguez, 27, of Acworth, who police say died after being shot during the carjacking, are believed to have been involved in the incident, Hunton said.
The Arrington twins are believed to be friends of the suspects, who conspired to get Greer out of town, he said.
The owner of the Dodge Charger who was involved in the wreck, Justin Humphries, 19, also of Acworth, told police that he was carjacked and pistol whipped, before being restrained in the back seat of the car.
“At this point we’re not sure what happened, who shot who, but it certainly appears that the victim was being pistol whipped in the back seat, that’s what he alleges, and his injuries are fairly consistent with that. At some point, a gun was discharged,” Hunton said. “The driver was shot and killed.”
It also appears that the victim knew the others accused of being involved in the incident.
“One of them makes a call to the victim and sets up a meeting to go hang out, and the victim arrives at a predetermined location, and when he arrives, the other two individuals appear with guns and force him back into the vehicle,” Hunton said, explaining what may have happened. “They’re going down the road, they begin pistol whipping (the victim), and at some point there’s was a gunfire, the gun goes off, and the vehicle goes off the road.”
An autopsy Friday revealed the driver, Rodriguez, who was found dead at the scene of the wreck on Highway 92 at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, died of a gunshot wound to the torso, officials said.
Greer and Quovadis Arrington were arrested near Jacksboro, Tenn., after being stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Hunton said.
“We got some information that these individuals were from the Chicago area, and we believe they were headed back to Chicago,” Hunton said. “They were taken into custody without incident.”
Greer was charged with armed robbery and Arrington was charged with hindering the apprehension of a wanted person, according to Hunton.
They did not have weapons on them, Hunton said, and officials are waiting on a warrant to search the car, which is still in Tennessee.
The two men are also being held in the Campbell County, Tenn., jail near where they were arrested, awaiting extradition back to Cherokee County, the sheriff’s office said in a release.
Tavarus Arrington was arrested in Cherokee County and has been charged with hindering the apprehension of a wanted person and making false statements to a law enforcement officer, authorities said. He is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $22,400 bond.
The intent of the carjacking is still unclear, Hunton said, but officials believe the three suspects were after money, and possibly the car.
“At this point the case is still under investigation. I don’t think we’ve got the whole story yet,” Hunton said.
“There’s some indication that the victim knew at least one of them.”
Hunton said the victim, Humphries, is believed to have been in the backseat of his car when the wreck happened, based on his statements.
Humphries, who was treated at an area hospital after the wreck, told police that the wreck happened after he heard a gun go off in the car.
“We’ve recovered a number of weapons, but at this point we’re not sure who owns what,” Hunton said.
Humphries was released from the hospital Friday, Hunton said.