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Person of interest in Duluth death back in Gwinnett

Robert Sandman

Robert Sandman

Robert Craig Sandman is — finally — in the Gwinnett County jail.

The 52-year-old’s escapade began in early April, when Duluth police issued arrest warrants charging him with the theft of a Porsche from the Montheath Pass garage where Donald Singer was found dead. Authorities have not named his as a suspect in Singer’s believed March 28 murder — the medical examiner’s office has ruled his cause of death undetermined — but have been trying to speak with Sandman ever since.

After being extradited to Georgia and booked into the Gwinnett County jail Monday evening, they’ll get their chance.

Sandman briefly lived down the street from Singer and had finished serving a prison term — stemming from a domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend — just days before Singer’s body was found by his daughter. Singer was wrapped in blankets and doused in bleach.

Sandman also served nine years in a New Mexico prison after admitting to the 1992 murder of his wife.

Local police thought they caught a break just days after issuing warrants, when Sandman was picked up for “being a nuisance” outside a dumpy casino in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M.

Miscommunication and a paperwork flap, however, made Sandman a free man again in May. Duluth police weren’t notified until July.

On Oct. 14, Sandman was arrested again during a drug raid near Albuquerque, N.M. Gwinnett and New Mexico authorities kept close tabs on him this time, officials said, and extradition proceedings were completed with his local booking on Monday.

Sandman is being held without bond on theft by taking and probation violation charges.