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Second arrest made in murder at Atlanta Kroger

ATLANTA -- Authorities have made a second arrest in the March 10 murder in the parking lot of a northeast Atlanta Kroger.

Shontavious Chestnut, 25, was taken into custody Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. Atlanta Police said Chestnut was driving the getaway car spotted near the scene where Joshua Richey was gunned down. He has been charged with felony murder.

Richey, 38, was killed after he confronted two men attempting to steal his work vehicle at the Kroger at 725 Ponce de Leon Avenue.


Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said the shooter, 25-year-old Damarius Thompson, was arrested last month inside of a restaurant at Lee Street and Oak Street. Thompson had been in and out of jails and prison at least 19 time over the past seven years, with his most recent release on March 7.

When reached by telephone, Cathy Richey, Josh Richey's widow, told 11Alive News she was happy that an arrest had been made.

"I just want to say I'm glad they caught the guy, but it will not bring my husband back, it will not bring Josh back," she said.

Tolleson said that a Crime Stoppers tip about the getaway car -- a BMW seen in Kroger surveillance video -- helped lead police to the suspect.

Tolleson said that it's believed that the truck was targeted for the construction tools and equipment that was in it.

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