South Fulton County

Mother turns in 15-year-old son in connection to deadly carjacking

EAST POINT, Ga. — East Point police have arrested a teenager accused of being involved in a deadly carjacking that claimed the life of a 24-year-old father.

East Point detective Ebony Johnson said a 15-year-old male surrendered after his mother saw him on the news and called police. The teen turned himself in only 24 hours after Channel 2 Action News showed you surveillance video and photos of three suspects accused of playing a role in the carjacking.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden broke the news of the arrest Saturday afternoon on Twitter.

Detectives told Seiden the teen's own mother walked him right in to the East Point Police department Saturday morning. Police have a warrant for a 2nd suspect, Ronald White. They are still searching for White and a third suspect they haven't identified yet.

Police say two men were in a car at an apartment complex in East Point on Monday night when three men approached the car with guns. Terrick Matthews 24, was asleep in the passenger seat. Matthews woke up and tried to comply with the suspects but one shot him in the neck. He died from his injuries. The car's owner survived.

"It wasn't necessary for them to take his life," Johnson said. "They were in compliance. They were getting out of the vehicle at that point."


The suspects drove to a nearby gas station where they filled a soda bottle with gasoline, police say. They then drove to a parking lot less than a mile from the gas station and torched the car.

The three suspects were caught on the Exxon's surveillance cameras. All three suspects will face murder charges, police said.

Johnson urged anyone with any information to come forward.

Matthews was the father of two young children.

"Think about it as being one of your family members that lost their life," Johnson said. "You would want them to be brought to justice."