A third man has been charged with murder after a Roswell business owner was shot and killed in front of his business, police said.
Roswell police arrested 29-year-old Manvel Britton on Tuesday in connection with the death of Eddy Leonardo, department spokesman Officer Sean Thompson said Wednesday in an emailed statement.
Leonardo, 48, was ambushed Feb. 1 on the way into his check cashing business located inside the Super Mercado Jalisco, a popular Hispanic grocery chain located on Alpharetta Street, AJC.com previously reported.
Robbery was determined to be a motive after investigators found $50,000 on Leonardo after he was killed. It’s unclear if the suspects actually made off with any money, however.
“It was Saturday — the first of the month — and people were cashing checks, so he had a lot of cash on him,” Thompson said. “These guys knew that somehow and followed him.”
Leonardo’s longtime friend, Juan James, said he was leaving the parking lot of the grocery store shortly before 1 p.m. when he heard two gunshots.
The first suspect, 29-year-old James English, was arrested two days after the shooting when surveillance footage from the supermarket captured his vehicle leaving the parking lot after Leonardo’s death, authorities said.
Anthony Boyd, 29, was charged with murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery in the shooting death on Feb. 7. It is not clear how investigators identified Boyd and Britton as suspects in the case.
All of them are in the Fulton County Jail without bond, jail records show.
Anyone with information about Leonardo’s death is asked to call Roswell detectives at 770-640-4100.
Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by calling Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.
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