The city of Atlanta can breathe easier today: Charman Sinkfield, 30, the suspected triggerman in the shooting death of champion boxer Vernon Forrest, was arrested last night by U.S. Marshals. As the city slept, Sinkfield was booked into the Fulton County jail overnight. He is charged with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery with a deadly weapon. His first court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the jail.
Police say Sinkfield is the man seen on a Whitehall Street Chevron station's surveillance camera exiting a red Pontiac and walking toward the McDaniel Street side to act as look out for Damario Ware, 20, who robbed Forrest as he put air in the tires of his Jaguar.
Moments later, Forrest retrieved a gun from his waistband and chased Ware for three blocks on foot. Forrest encountered Sinkfield in the street outside the Mechanicsville apartments after losing sight of Ware. Sinkfield convinced the boxer that he was not the man who robbed him. As Forrest turned to walk away, Sinkfield shot him 7 or 8 times in the back.
Sinkfield is the third man arrested in the case that made national headlines. Ware is in custody along with Jquante Crews, 25, the driver of the Pontiac. Police believe only 3 men were involved in the crime.
Police received numerous tips from the public naming Sinkfield and Ware after Forrest's case was aired on America's Most Wanted. Detectives staked out a home in southwest Atlanta where they knew Sinkfield was hiding out. At around 9 p.m. Wednesday, 12 unmarked police cars trailed a black sedan with Sinkfield in the back seat from Nathan Street to I-20.
The sedan was forced to pull over on I-20 near Hamilton E. Holmes Drive where Sinkfield was taken into custody. He was one of three men in the car. The driver was also arrested on an unrelated incident. At one point, police say, Sinkfield tried to disguise himself with a wig.
Sinkfield has a lengthy arrest record and served three terms in state prisons, including a 2-year sentence for cocaine possession. He was last released from prison in December 2007.
We need a three strikes law in Georgia to keep these repeat criminals off our streets.
Police have a man in custody in connection with the July 25th shooting death of former champion boxer Vernon Forrest. 20-year-old Damario Ware turned himself in to the Fulton County District Attorney's office on Tuesday. Ware is charged with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery. He is being held at the Fulton County jail without bond.
Ware is not the gunman in the case, but police are expected to make more arrests by week's end. Ware is the man seen on an apartment surveillance video that was released by police last week. Police said Ware approached Forrest, 38, from behind after he stopped at a Chevron gas station on Whitehall Street to put air into the tires of his Jaguar.
Ware demanded Forrest's boxing championship ring, wallet and a Rolex watch. Forrest complied with the robber's request, then reached under his driver's seat for his handgun before giving chase on foot.
Police said Forrest lost sight of Ware as he turned the corner at McDaniel and Fulton Streets. But Forrest encountered Ware's accomplice in the street. The two exchanged words before the gunman shot Forrest 8 times in the back.
Police received a break in the high profile case when tips poured in after Forrest's murder aired on America's Most Wanted on Saturday. Ware was previously out on bond for an arrest in March in which he was charged with obstructing a police officer, criminal trespassing and auto break-in. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Just hours before family and friends gathered in Lithonia on Monday to say goodbye to boxing champion Vernon Forrest, police received a tip leading them one step closer to solving his murder.
Forrest, 38, was gunned down on July 25th at the intersection of Fulton and McDaniel streets in southwest Atlanta after chasing a man who robbed him at a nearby Chevron station.
Tips began pouring in minutes after Forrest's case was featured on a segment of America's Most Wanted this past weekend. Detectives told Channel 2's Tom Jones that someone came forward and gave them the name of the man seen on surveillance video from a security camera in a hallway at 505 Fulton Street apartments.
Police believe that man's accomplice was confronted minutes later outside the apartments by Forrest, but he was able to convince the boxer that he wasn't the robber. When Forrest turned to walk back to the gas station where his 11-year-old godson waited, the robber's accomplice shot Forrest 8 times in the back.
Police said as many as 3 to 4 men may have been involved in the crime. “We have a couple of names that we’ve identified,” said Lt. Keith Meadows, commander of the APD’s homicide unit. Though they won't release any names, police say the person of interest seen on the surveillance video has a past criminal record. Arrest warrants are expected to be issued by the end of the week.
Local authorities have released raw footage from surveillance cameras that allegedly captured images of two suspects being sought in the murder and robbery of boxing champion Vernon Forrest last weekend. According to the AJC, police believe up to four men were involved in the murder.
Forrest and his 11-year-old Godson are seen on surveillance video in his Jaguar as they pulled into a gas station on Whitehall Street in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday night. Forrest put air in his tires as his Godson, who is the only eyewitness, went inside the convenience store to buy a bag of chips and use the restroom. The gas station surveillance camera captures a red Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am pulling up to a pump. A black man is seen getting out of the passenger side and walking directly behind Forrest.
The man is armed and demands Forrest's Rolex watch and a diamond ring. As the man walked away, Forrest retrieved a licensed .45 caliber weapon from under his driver's seat and gave chase on foot South on McDaniel Street and across the I-20 overpass.
Police believe Forrest lost sight of the suspect at the corner of McDaniel and Fulton Streets. The suspect was then caught on surveillance video as he ran past the front door of 505 Fulton Street apartments and then again as he ran behind the building where he is seen opening an unlocked security gate and entering a hallway.
The robbery suspect was wearing jeans, a black t-shirt and carrying a shiny handgun. Another surveillance camera captured the same man cowering nervously in the hallway near a locked security gate while talking on a cell phone. Police believe Forrest caught up with a second man who probably acted as look out at the gas station. The two exchanged words but the man was able to convince Forrest that he wasn't the one who robbed him. When Forrest turned to leave, the man pulled a gun and shot Forrest 7 to 8 times in the back and head. Forrest died at the scene.
After the shooting, the driver of the red Pontiac picked up both the robber and the shooter. The Pontiac then drove South on McDaniel Street.
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