Man wanted in Georgia homicide case arrested at Birmingham pawn shop

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham police say a man wanted in Georgia in connection with a double homicide and kidnapping was arrested Thursday at a Birmingham pawn shop.

Pawn ShopBirmingham Police Department spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards says Richard Augusta “Fathead” Wilson,41, was arrested Thursday at the Quik Pawn Shop on Green Springs Highway.

Edwards says Wilson went inside the pawn shop with intentions of selling an assault rifle. He was acting nervous, and an employee at the shop noticed his behavior and called police.

When police arrived they discovered Wilson was wanted in Georgia and had been sought by U.S. Marshals.

Wilson was arrested and placed in the custody of Birmingham police as they await for the U.S. Marshal to arrive.

Wilson was wanted in Georgia for a kidnapping and homicide which stemmed from an incident when Wilson and a co-conspirator, Andre Gay, allegedly impersonated law enforcement.

Wilson and Gay allegedly kidnapped Jeronta Brown and his fiancée, Briana Brooks, for ransom and executed them when their demands were not met. Brooks was seven months pregnant with the couple’s child. She gave birth at the hospital, but died a few days later.

Gay was arrested earlier in the week and charged with murder. He was previously convicted of felony murder in a 1991 killing and sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities in Georgia say Wilson has an extensive criminal history and several convictions for violent crimes and federal weapons violations.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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