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Suspect arrested in triple shooting case

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Media-generated tips led police to a 21-year-old man wanted for a Thanksgiving day triple shooting, Clayton County Police said.

Alpha Timbo, of Conley, was arrested by police and United States Marshals in southwest Atlanta, at about 5 p.m., Tuesday. "Our guys and the Marshals did great work," said Capt. Dickens, "but community involvement is what prompted the quick arrest."

Timbo is facing charges of murder and aggravated assault in Clayton County.

He allegedly shot 19-year-old Darrious Dareiontae Adams in the back of the head and killed him, during a drug transaction at Hidden Creek apartments in Morrow.

The 21-year-old allegedly then used a silver-colored, .22-caliber revolver to shoot 20-year-old Kimberly Szilagyi in the head while she lay sleeping in a back bedroom. Police allege Timbo then shot a third person in the head, forcing 17-year-old Jasmine Brown from her hiding place in the bathroom and shooting her in the living room.

Szilagyi remains in Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, and has not spoken since officers found her screaming "my baby, my baby," in the back of the Morrow apartment. She is reportedly "doing really bad," Dickens said.

Brown suffered only a "superficial head wound," according to police, and was able to positively identify Timbo as the shooter and told police about the events leading up to the shooting.

Timbo was brought to Clayton County Police Headquarters, Tuesday night, to be interviewed by detectives. He didn't tell the police anything about the crime, invoking his Miranda rights and asked for a lawyer, Dickens said.

Police do not know what motivated the shooting, but detectives did determine Timbo was allegedly buying drugs from Adams, who was also known as "Magic," and had been to the apartment four times, the night of the triple shooting.

According to warrant applications filled out by Capt. Richard Gandee, Timbo met Adams and Brown at a nearby gas station on Nov. 21. He followed them back to the apartment and bought $4 of marijuana. He then, Gandee said, returned after smoking the marijuana and traded the .22 for some pills.

According to detective's information, Timbo returned a third time, paying $40 to get the gun back and also buying more illegal drugs.

On a fourth visit, at about 4:40 a.m., on Nov. 22, Timbo was "fidgeting" with the gun, according to a witness -- a friend of Timbo's. Brown told police she went to get a cigarette and walked back into the living room to find Adams sitting on a stool and Timbo holding the revolver to the back of the 19-year-old's head.

Timbo had his first court appearance on Wednesday. His probable cause hearing has not yet been set.