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Two arrested in theft from dead man's home

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have arrested two men for allegedly burglarizing the Riverdale home of a man who died after he was found shot in the garage.

Diamond Joneall Allen, 26, and Robert Earl Smith, Jr., 19, both of Riverdale, were arrested around 7:45 p.m., Friday, according to Lt. Rebecca Brown, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department.

The alleged burglary took place at a home in the 5000 block of Eagle's Crossing Lane in Riverdale - the home of Olakanmi Akinugbe, 39, who was shot late Thursday night, and later died, according to Clayton County Police Officer India Smith.

Police were called back to the home Friday after Akinugbe's girlfriend, Tandrina Johnson, returned to find the home had been burglarized, Officer Smith said.

Officer Smith said the two suspects in the burglary have not been connected to the shooting, which is still under investigation.

"A neighbor witnessed the [pair] remove electronic items from the home of a homicide victim [Akinugbe] next door," Brown said in a statement. "Items stolen were recovered from a nearby pawn shop," she said.

Officer Smith said a flat-screen television and a computer were taken in the burglary, but later returned to Johnson.

The two men were arrested after police had detained them for questioning regarding the burglary, according to Officer Smith, who added Monday that police did not have any new leads in Akinugbe's shooting death.

Akinugbe was found lying in a pool of blood when police responded to a call of a person shot around 10:30 p.m., Thursday, according to a police report. Police found him in the garage, near the door leading into the residence, the report said.

Akinugbe had a wound to the right side of the neck that was "bleeding profusely," and appeared to have another wound in the chest area, police said in the report.

Medical personnel transported Akinugbe to Atlanta Medical Center. He later died, police said.

According to the police report, Akinugbe's girlfriend, Johnson, said Akinugbe had left the house to "go get some chicken" about 45 minutes earlier. He called on the way home and asked a juvenile who answered the phone to open the garage door, according to the report.

"The juvenile then went downstairs, unlocked, and then opened the garage door and went back inside the residence," the report said.

"The juvenile started heading up the stairs to the landing when she heard what she thought was the victim talking to the next door neighbor. The juvenile then heard the victim start to scream, and thought that the victim had slammed the garage door on his finger," police said in the document.

Akinugbe then came inside the residence and shouted that he had been shot, and said he was going to die, according to the police report.