The two men accused of fatally shotgunning unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery told police they believed he was a suspect in a recent string of break-ins — but no such crimes were reported to cops in the weeks leading up to the fatal shooting.
Glynn County Police Lt. Cheri Bashlor told CNN there was only one local automobile burglary reported on Jan. 1, when someone had stolen a firearm from an unlocked truck outside the McMichaels’ home back on Jan 1.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis, were arrested Thursday and face charges for murder and aggravated assault after the death of Arbery was caught on camera, horrifying Americans across the country.
S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Arbery’s family, earlier this week called the shooting death a “modern lynching” by a pair of vigilantes. Arbery was black; the McMichaels are white.
“I just want justice for my son,” Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., told CNN Friday. “I just want them to pay the price for the crime they did.”
Arbery, 25, was jogging in a white neighborhood just outside of Brunswick, Georgia, when police believe the father and son chased him down and fatally shot him.
The video shows the father and son approach Arbery in their pickup truck. Travis can be seen getting out of the truck and scuffling with Arbery, who is eventually struck with a shotgun blast. He staggers a few feet and falls to the ground.
President Donald Trump told Fox News Friday that he watched the video of Arbery’s killing and found it “very disturbing.”
“It’s a very disturbing situation to me and my heart goes out to the parents and the family and the friends … It’s heartbreaking and it’s very rough, rough stuff,” he said.