APD arrests murder suspect

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Officers arriving at a homicide scene in East Albany early today arrested a suspect still on the scene.

Carlos Androas Mitchell, 24, was apprehended for the slaying of Johnnie Williams, 58, in her 1513 Whiting Drive home, an Albany Police Department official said.

Williams suffered multiple stab wounds, probably before midnight Monday, Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman said. Relatives found Williams and police responded at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday, she added.

"After EMS took Williams to the hospital, she was declared deceased," Banks said. "He (Mitchell) was at the scene. He was taken into custody to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning by detectives."

Mitchell was charged with murder, aggravated assault, burglary and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime, Banks said. He is in Dougherty County jail with no bond available.

"They knew each other," Banks said of the victim and the accused. "We don't have a motive yet."

Williams' body is scheduled for an autopsy at 10 a.m. today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta, said Emma Quimbley, Dougherty County coroner.

Tuesday afternoon a woman cleaning the duplex Williams lived in said she could not talk about the death or about Williams.

Neighbors in the area said their end of Owens Avenue where it crosses Whiting Drive is a quiet section with mostly older residents with families.

"It is always quiet here," said Dorothy Chapman, 49, who was sitting out in front of her duplex on Whiting Drive about four doors from the crime scene. "It is a quiet place with older people living here. Except for what happened."

Further up the street toward the intersection with Owens Avenue, three other residents agreed as they stood in front of Nathan King's home.

"This is real odd, happening in our neighborhood," said Nathan King, 37. "It is real quiet and nice here. Nothing happens much."