Robert Maurice Carlisle
Photo: FBI Atlanta
Photo: FBI Atlanta

FBI offers $2,500 reward for man sought in death of 2 Athens men

The FBI in Atlanta is offering a $2,500 reward for leads in the search for a man who has been wanted since March in connection with a double homicide.  

Robert Maurice Carlisle of Lithonia is wanted on both state and federal warrants in the deaths of two Athens men who were found shot to death in a storage unit in Gwinnett County.

Carlisle, 32, is wanted in Gwinnett on two counts of concealing the death of another and two counts of participating in criminal gang activity. The FBI has a warrant for Carlisle on a count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. 

Carlisle has been wanted since mid-March, when Derrick Ruff and Joshua Jackson were found dead in unincorporated Lawrenceville. 

Joshua Jackson (left) and Derrick Ruff were found dead inside a storage unit in Gwinnett County.

Jackson and Ruff, both 25, were last seen Dec. 18 traveling in a Ford Expedition on Habersham Drive in Athens, AJC.com previously reported. The SUV was found three days later abandoned in a neighborhood off Monfort Road outside of Lawrenceville.

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Their bodies were discovered March 17 as a joint investigation by the FBI, Athens police and Gwinnett police led officers to a 100-acre area in Gwinnett off Lawrenceville Highway. 

Police dogs helped locate the bodies inside a unit at the Extra Space Storage facility. It appeared the men died of gunshot wounds, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera previously said.

“Based on the evidence at the scene, we believe that they were shot inside the storage unit,” Pihera said. 

Two people were previously arrested and charged in the case. Shabbazz Larry Guidry, 24, faces concealing death and gang charges, Gwinnett jail records show. He was denied bond at his preliminary hearing.

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When asked by the judge if he wanted to have a defense attorney appointed to him, Guidry appeared to smirk, pondering the decision for about five seconds before saying, “I guess so,” Channel 2 Action News reported.

Lesley Chappell Green, 30, remains in jail without bond on the same charges. A third suspect, Justin Jamal Davis, 29, of Snellville, is wanted for conspiracy to commit a crime. 

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Investigators told Channel 2 the alleged gang members haven’t been cooperating with police about who fired the gunshots that killed Jackson and Ruff. No murder charges have been filed, Channel 2 reported. 

The arrest warrant for Guidry alleged he was heard “speaking on an FBI wiretap case about removing the bodies of two murder victims from a storage unit to hide the crime ...” Carlisle was also allegedly heard calling the bodies “spoiled milk” and that they needed “to call the janitor to clean it up.”

The FBI said Carlisle should be considered armed and dangerous. They describe the man as 5 foot, 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is known to hang out in the Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Decatur areas, the FBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 2

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