Two men suspected of murder in separate incidents were arrested recently by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad members, according to DCSO spokesman Sgt. Adrion Bell.
Antoine Willis was arrested May 11 as he was trying to get out of a rented Hyundai Elantra with a loaded handgun. He was wanted for the Jan. 29 murder of Marcus Anthony Holloway, who was shot near his home on Columbia Drive allegedly by Willis and four co-defendants.
An investigator realized Willis was trying to run away and drove his squad car close to the door of the Hyundai, pinning the suspect in the doorway.
“He was getting out of the car to shoot you,” a passenger told one of the investigators. There were three passengers in the car at the time of the arrest.
“An officer’s quick thinking saved the lives of 12 undercover officers who assisted in the arrest and the three Hyundai passengers,” said Fugitive Squad Commander Lt. Jeffrey Leslie. “It also kept us from being forced to harm Willis.”
Willis, who was treated and released for minor injuries at an area hospital, was taken to DeKalb County Jail and charged with felony murder.
The following day, May 12, fugitive squad members arrested 34-year-old Tora Reed after a high-speed chase that ended in the parking lot of Fairfield Baptist Church on Redan Road. Reed was wanted in connection with the Feb. 4 killing of Martin Villa Gomez, who was shot twice in the head. His body was then set on fire inside his Ford truck.
According to authorities, Reed drove his black Chevrolet Trailblazer through neighborhoods in the South Deshon area at speeds of up to 65 mph while being pursued. Reed surrendered in front of his father Thomas Jefferson Reed, a church maintenance employee, who was working outside on the church grounds. The elder Reed said that he had no idea that his son was in trouble or wanted for murder, according to authorities.
Fugitive squad investigators discovered Reed’s toddler son in the truck along with another passenger. Reed is charged with felony murder and arson. Additional charges of felony fleeing and attempting to elude, cruelty to children and seven stop sign violations are pending.