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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Albany Police arrest a second suspect in the December murder of a young convenience store clerk. Santarious Romero Nelson, a 19-year-old Baker County man, was arrested at his home Thursday night.

A 16-year-old Albany boy was arrested two weeks ago for the armed robbery and murder of 19 year old Sentos Vicente. The Guatemalan immigrant was gunned down December 17th at the Miscelanea Guate-Mex convenience store on Radium Springs Road.

Investigators say tips from the community helped lead them to the Newton home about 9:30 last night, where they arrested 19 year old Santarious Nelson. Albany Police say they are relieved to have both suspects in custody tonight.

Shocking surveillance video from the convenience store shows two masked men burst into the store, one pointing a gun. It appears from the video that Sentos Vicente complied with the robbers, but was viciously shot in the head anyway.

Investigators say they are confident that the arrest of 19-year-old Santarious Nelson closes the case. Tips from people in the community helped Investigators.

 "We were given a physical description of Mr. Nelson. And also given a location he frequents. We increased the patrol in that area," APD Detective Darrell Laster said.

16-year-old Anthony Hill was arrested last month, and Investigators say his arrest and more tips led to Nelson.

 "This case had all the makings of a cold case. But from the information that we got after the fact, and the leads that we developed. Corporal Laster developed, and pursued is the reason why we were able to solve this case," APD Lt. Eddie Jones said.

No gun was recovered in the two murder arrests, but Police say they are confident they have the killers in custody.

"Any time you have a horrendous incident like this in the community, I think it's important we bring justice to the family, who had to experience this," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor.

Investigators say they don't know why the robbers shot Vicente, and may never know for sure. They are not saying yet which teen was the gunman who killed the store clerk.

Investigators say the fact that the clerks at the store were Hispanic and the remote location of the store could have been the reason the two teens chose it to rob.

Both teens are being held in the Dougherty County Jail without bond, charged with murder and armed robbery.

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