Man charged with murdering restaurant owner


Vanessa Thrasher was killed early Thursday morning inside O.T.'s Lounge and Soul Food Grill on Joseph E. Boone and New Jersey Avenue just after 2 a.m.

ATLANTA - Atlanta police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a restaurant owner.

Police arrested 23-year-old Otis Ricks and charged him with the murder of Vanessa Thrasher, better known as Elaine.

Thrasher was shot and killed inside O.T.’s Lounge and Soul Food Grill early Thursday morning.

Ricks was arrested at a hotel on Old Dixie Highway.

Police said more arrests are expected.

A memorial fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses for Thrasher. If you would like to contribute you can make your donation at any Wells Fargo branch for the Vanessa Elaine Thrasher fund, account number: 8558885185.

Funeral arrangements are still being planned at this point.