Sandy Springs murder suspect found in abandoned vehicle, arrested

The man accused of killing someone last week inside a Sandy Springs apartment — and confessing to his 13-year-old sister — was found Tuesday in an abandoned vehicle in Polk County, officials said.

Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Ron Momon said Juan Avillez Dominguez, 29, was arrested Tuesday morning in Cedartown. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Cedartown police, U.S. Marshals, immigration enforcement and state parole officials participated in the operation.

Dominguez was discovered in an “abandoned vehicle” behind a house on Knight Road, Momon said. He was held without bond at the Polk County jail before he was tranferred to the Fulton jail.

He is charged with murder, aggravated assault with intent to murder, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Fulton sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said Wednesday.

Dominguez had been on the lam since June 22, when authorities believe he shot and killed a 31-year-old man inside an apartment on Brentwood Way. That man, Antonio Bernabe, was found dead on the apartment’s living room couch, a single shell casing discovered nearby, police said.

Dominguez’s 13-year-old sister called 911 to report the shooting after he confessed to several family members, Momon said.