Police find son wanted in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man wanted in the death of his father is now in the custody of the Gwinnett County sheriff.

Mark L. Noble, 33, was found and arrested in Gilmer County on New Year's Day, said Stacey Bourbonnais, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

Noble is charged with murder in the beating death of his father, 59-year-old Rupert Noble, according to the arrest warrant. The father's body was found in his Norcross townhome Dec. 25.

Gilmer County is approximately 90 miles northwest of Gwinnett.

Bourbonnais said Noble was stopped by law enforcement officials in Gilmer County for driving a vehicle with a stolen tag.

Noble, who had been missing for more than a week, was arrested when Gilmer County officials learned he was wanted in connection with Rupert Noble's death.

"We transported Mr. Noble back to Gwinnett County last night, and he is currently being held without bond," Bourbonnais wrote in an e-mail.

Noble was believed to have fled in his father's green Honda Accord, but Bourbonnais was uncertain whether or not the car Noble was driving in Gilmer County was the stolen Honda.

According to reports from the Gwinnett County Police Department, Noble lived with his father in the townhome, located at 2340 Beaver Ruin Road.

One of Rupert Noble's daughters called police Christmas night to conduct a welfare check when her father didn't show up at her home.

When police arrived at the residence, Rupert Noble's beaten body was discovered, but Noble was nowhere to be found.

The arrest warrant for murder was issued last week for Noble's arrest, who was last spotted in Dahlonega before his New Year's Day arrest.

District Attorney Danny Porter said Noble could face other charges.