Murder suspect captured in S.C. after body found at DeKalb mall

Murder suspect captured in S.C. after body found at DeKalb mall

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Purcious Smith faces murder and armed robbery charges.
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  • Sergio Collins was found dead in a DeKalb County mall parking lot. 
  • Days before, Collins was reported missing and in danger. 
  • Police arrested a suspect in South Carolina. 

An Atlanta murder suspect was arrested Thursday in South Carolina, two weeks after police discovered the body of a man he allegedly shot and killed in the parking lot of a DeKalb County mall. 

Purcious Smith, 29, faces murder and armed robbery charges in the Oct. 17 fatal shooting of Sergio Collins, FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said. That same week, a missing person’s alert was issued for Collins, who was believed to be in danger. 

Sergio Collins (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

DeKalb police found Collins’ body inside his Pontiac Grand Prix near a DSW Shoe Warehouse outside the Mall at Stonecrest. 

It was unclear how Collins ended up at the mall, but it was believed he was shot inside his car. Atlanta police, who are investigating the crime, said Collins was last seen in the area of Spencer Street. 

Smith will remain in South Carolina, where he will await extradition proceedings. 

DeKalb County police homicide Sgt. Steven Dean gives details about man found shot to death outside metro Atlanta mall. Video by John Spink/AJC

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