Reward raised to $10K in case of man found shot to death near Atlanta Beltline

Lt. Ralph Woolfolk, commander of Atlanta police's homicide unit, holds up a photo showing the reward for information in Thomas Arnold's homicide investigation during a news conference Wednesday night.

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Lt. Ralph Woolfolk, commander of Atlanta police's homicide unit, holds up a photo showing the reward for information in Thomas Arnold's homicide investigation during a news conference Wednesday night.

Police on Wednesday raised the stakes to draw information that could help solve the case of a man found shot to death near the Atlanta Beltline over the weekend.

Police discovered the body of 60-year-old Thomas Arnold not far from his Poncey-Highland home Saturday morning.

Lt. Ralph Woolfolk, commander of the city’s homicide unit, said the reward for information leading to an arrest in Arnold’s slaying has been increased from $2,000 to $10,000. Woolfolk met with reporters at police headquarters for a news conference Wednesday night and was surrounded by Arnold’s family members as well as homicide detectives investigating the case.

“We are hopeful and come before you today to solicit any additional information that the public may have in aiding us to move this investigation forward,” Woolfolk said. “If you heard anything, if you observed anything, please contact the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit or you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.”

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Family members of Thomas Arnold look on from behind as Lt. Ralph Woolfolk talks to reporters Wednesday night.

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Family members of Thomas Arnold look on from behind as Lt. Ralph Woolfolk talks to reporters Wednesday night.

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Family members of Thomas Arnold look on from behind as Lt. Ralph Woolfolk talks to reporters Wednesday night.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Arnold was remembered as a beloved neighborhood figure who enjoyed planting and was active in the Inman Park community.

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Officers discovered Arnold shot to death Saturday morning near Elizabeth Street and Bernina Avenue, a little over a mile from the home where he had resided for the past 20 years.

Joggers flagged officers down after they discovered someone lying just feet from the Atlanta Beltline Eastside and Freedom Park trails in northeast Atlanta. Arnold had been shot at least once, according to police.

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Woolfolk said detectives recovered ballistic evidence from the scene and were able to track down video evidence that investigators have combed through. He said the medical examiner’s office ruled Arnold’s death a homicide Wednesday, and detectives have re-canvassed the area to try to find more evidence.

The homicide commander did not say if investigators have developed any suspects or persons of interest in the case. Arnold’s loved ones did not comment during the news conference.

“Make no mistake about it, this case has been investigated as a homicide since the inception of the incident,” Woolfolk said. “But today after examining the physical evidence, as well as the information received from the medical examiner’s office, we are ready to announce that this is officially a homicide in this investigation.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 404-546-4235. Tipsters can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

“It’s essential to get help from the public in cases like this,” Woolfolk said.