Arrest made in Valdosta murder

Arrest made in Valdosta murder

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The man suspected in the August 22nd murder at a Valdosta Applebees is behind bars.

U.S. Marshals in the Atlanta area arrested Anthony Antwain Ceasar, 33, for the death of Kenneth Johnson,  39,  of Valdosta. Lashanda Williams, 41,  of Lake Park was also shot in the same incident.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Valdosta police chief Brian Childress said local law enforcement attempted to arrest Ceasar in Lake Park Friday night after he was spotted in the area, but Ceasar managed to get away.

"We were attempting to locate him and we believe he got away. But, all through the weekend we had been actively searching for him...the Marshal's office helped us locate him through a tip," said Childress. He remained tight lipped about the relationship between Ceasar, Johnson, and Williams, only saying that they knew each other but refusing to elaborate further.

Investigators with the Valdosta Police Department Detective Bureau obtained arrest warrants Friday for Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime on Ceasar. Investigators have been working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) in the case.

When asked about a motive in the case, Childress said investigators have determined a motive but he refused to say what that motive is.

"Why can't we say what the motive is at this point," Childress was asked. "Because," he responded, "the motive is important to the case and at this point it's part of the investigation. It's gonna be part of the prosecution so I can't speak to that."

Monday morning, Steve Turner, Special Agent In Charge with the Thomasville GBI office, which is investigating the murders in Morven and assisted in the Applebees murder, said investigators do a have a person of interest that they are trying to talk to but would not specify whether that person is believed to be the suspect.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

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