Man indicted on murder charges in armed robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fourth man has been indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Tucker man during an armed robbery.

Aaron Osborne Wright, 21, was indicted this week by a Gwinnett County grand jury on one count each of murder, felony murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of armed robbery.

Wright was among a group of men who allegedly gunned down 29-year-old Jose Anibal Nunez-Maldonado on Sept. 4, 2005, at Westwood Apartment Complex at 6259 Norcross-Tucker Road in Tucker. The suspects were attempting to rob Nunez-Maldonado and another man when Nunez-Maldonado was shot once in the abdomen, according to police.

Investigators had only a vague description of the suspects as three black men. However, they waited to see if the suspects would attempt to use the victim's personal items. The robbers did use the personal items, which allowed investigators to track them to two residences on Fairforest Drive in Stone Mountain, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The DeKalb County Police SWAT team executed arrest warrants at the homes about a week after the shooting, where they arrested brothers Dwight Lee Crosdale, 22, and Leon Andwell Crosdale, 21, as well as 24-year-old Demares Sanchez Price. Wright was later linked to the shooting as well.

Authorities said the suspects may be responsible for several violent assaults and robberies of Hispanics in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. The robberies fit a pattern of targeting Hispanic men who are out walking during late night or early morning hours and carrying large sums of cash, Moloney said.