Gwinnett police help capture Athens murder suspect

Melvin Lewis Brown Jr.

Melvin Lewis Brown Jr.

Gwinnett County police helped capture an Athens murder suspect Wednesday morning.

On Sunday afternoon, 24-year-old Javious Tucker was found shot to death inside a car on Lombardy Circle in Athens. On Tuesday, Athens police issued a plea for information on the location of Melvin Lewis Brown Jr., the man they believe fired the fatal shots at Tucker’s vehicle.

At least one worthwhile tip came in from the public and, on Wednesday, Brown was found and detained in Gwinnett.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department said they received word that Brown “was located in or might be traveling to Gwinnett County” and coordinated with the Gwinnett County Police Department to “develop this information.”

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Brown was detained at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Oakbrook Pointe Apartments, located on Pirkle Road in Norcross.

Smith said a report detailing the arrest was not yet available, but Athens authorities said local police “located and stopped the vehicle Brown was travelling in” and arrested him without further incident.

“ACCPD appreciates the expeditious and ardent assistance provided by the Gwinnett County police department,” a news release said, “which was instrumental to apprehending this violent offender without further incident.”

Athens-Clarke County jail records show Brown was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation. He’s being held without bond.