FOREST PARK — Police say a man who was a suspect in a Jan. 30 dollar store robbery was found hanging from a tree in Rosetown.
Capt. Jason Armstrong confirmed the man, Marcus Evans, was a suspect in the armed robbery at the Family Dollar, 307 Forest Pkwy.
Forest Park Police said officers responded to a suspicious person call around 9:13 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Fourth Street. When they arrived, “they found a deceased male at the location. Initial investigation suggest(s) the death may be a suicide. Forest Park detectives are on scene investigating the matter.”
Armstrong added that the case is still under active investigation and that no further information will be released at this time.
About a dozen friends and relatives, dressed in black, gathered in a clearing next to New Solomon Temple FBH Church, near the site where Evans reportedly was found this morning. They declined comment and directed the News to two neighbors across the street, who also said they had seen nothing and knew nothing about the incident.
Forest Park Police had asked the public for help identifying a masked suspect who they believed robbed the Family Dollar in December 2018 and in January. The suspect, who security photos showed holding a pistol in his left hand on both occasions, wore a grim-reaper-type costume in one incident and a distinctive orange jacket in the other incident.
“Although he was a suspect in a crime, we do not wish to vilify his as a person,” Armstrong stressed. “We recognize this is a difficult time for his loved ones and we offer our condolences to his family and friends.”
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the GBI is conducting an autopsy.