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Atlanta murder suspect arrested in Elyria


ELYRIA — A murder suspect from Georgia’s Gwinnett County, who has ties to Oberlin, was apprehended Friday afternoon by Elyria police and Elyria Police Department’s Special Response Team after he allegedly killed his girlfriend, Angela Burnett, 37, in Norcross, Ga.

Perth Earl, 39, of Gwinnett County, Ga., was arrested about 4:10 p.m. at 148 Park Meadow Lane, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino. In Gwinnett County, Earl had active warrants for aggravated assault, felony murder and malice murder in connection with an incident that occurred Friday, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Costantino said the department got a tip that Earl might be in the city.

The Gwinnett County Police Department stated that Earl allegedly called a woman Friday telling her he “killed the mother of his children” at 4192 Phil Niekro Parkway in Norcross, Ga. Responding police officers attempted to make contact at the residence in Gwinnett County, but no one answered. When checking the residence for potential victims, offers found the woman, later identified as Burnett, dead.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, a detective said Burnett, 37, was killed with an unknown object “by applying pressure to the victim’s neck causing the victim to stop breathing.”

When officers arrived, Earl was gone.

Elyria police searched for Earl after receiving the tip.

“We were able to determine he was in the southeast part of town,” Costantino said. “We established a perimeter around the area and continued visual monitoring. Our guys did a great job and acted quickly.”

Earl was found inside a 2012 white Nissan Rogue that was parked at an apartment complex.

“He was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest,” said Costantino. “He was taken without incident, and no one was hurt.”

Costantino said detectives from Atlanta were on their way to Elyria on Friday night. An extradition hearing will be held in Lorain County before Earl is released to their custody.

Burnett’s cousin, Rufus Trey Payne, formerly of Oberlin and now of Atlanta, said the news of her death sent shockwaves through the family.

He said he will miss her smile, laughter and excitement.

“She knew how to bring it, and we love her for that,” he said Friday night. “Everybody in our family has their own special thing that they bring, and we are missing a big chunk of that right now.”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrink.

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