The shooting victim, Aziz Hassan, was not connected to the abduction, according to DeKalb County police, the agency investigating the homicide case. Delarius Miller, 38, and his sister, 34-year-old Santana Miller, cousins of the abducted child, are accused of malice murder in Hassan’s death.
According to a police report, members of Hassan’s household indicated he believed the search party was trying to steal the rims off his vehicle and opened fire when they began making threats. The Millers are accused of returning fire, killing him.
Since Blaise was reunited with his mother, police have offered no additional details on where they believe the child was being held. Photos were released of personal items left in the Barnett family’s vehicle, including a pair of denim shorts, that investigators believed belonged to the kidnappers.
Doumdje is the first arrest publicly announced in the case. He was approached Thursday by administrators and a school resource officer after being discovered on the Freedom Middle School campus without authorization, according to a DeKalb County School District spokesperson. At the time of his arrest, authorities did not know Doumdje was connected to the case, Bulcher told reporters from outside the police station. He was taken into custody by school police after they learned of his active warrant, the DeKalb spokesperson said.
Doumdje was tied to the case after the family’s SUV was processed by the GBI, Bulcher said. Authorities were able to obtain his fingerprint from a piece of mail that was unrelated to Blaise’s family, he added.
Clarkston police said Friday they were not aware if other charges against Doumdje were pending.