Suspect charged in teen's slaying

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Warrants were filed against Brian Alexander Beasley, 28, on Monday in connection with the death of an Albany teenager.

Officials with the Albany Police Department announced Monday that Beasley will face murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and motor vehicle theft in connection with the death of Robert Purvis.

At around 9:30 a.m. Monday, authorities managed to catch up with Beasley at the Sleep Inn on Dawson Road, where he had been staying in Room 206.

"We canvassed hotels in the area," said Lt. Eddie Jones with the APD just moments after apprehending Beasley. "We came to this hotel and found out he was here."

The floor Beasley was staying on was cleared to ensure guests' safety. Merry Acres Middle School, located directly across the street from the Sleep Inn, was temporarily put on lockdown.

"(The school lockdown) was a precaution because the guy was considered to be armed and dangerous," Jones said.

The lockdown at Merry Acres had been lifted by 10 a.m., and no other nearby facilities were put on lockdown. At that time, Beasley had been considered a person of interest in the case.

The charges were filed following interviews at the APD's Law Enforcement Center.

There was no physical confrontation between Beasley and the officers at the scene Monday morning, Jones said. Beasley was transported to the Dougherty County Jail.

Officers were dispatched to Splash-N-Dash on the 400 block of South Mock Road at 11:32 a.m. Sunday. When they got there, Purvis, 19, was found unresponsive and lying near a vehicle parked inside one of the car washing bays.

Purvis had been fatally wounded, and his car was missing. The car, a red 2001 Pontaic Sunfire, was found at the Albany Mall Sunday evening.

This homicide was one of two that occurred in Albany on Sunday. James Eppler was arrested after fatally shooting his wife, Natalie Eppler, at 2205 W. Gordon Ave. just after 1:30 a.m.

The police report for the Eppler homicide stated that alcohol might have been involved in the incident.