Suspect sought after police find man dead during wellness check at Lilburn hotel

Tariq Strickland, 23, of Lilburn, is being sought by Gwinnett County police after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of 30-year-old Denzel Romanie.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

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Tariq Strickland, 23, of Lilburn, is being sought by Gwinnett County police after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of 30-year-old Denzel Romanie.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Gwinnett County police are searching for a murder suspect after officers conducting a wellness check on a man staying at a Lilburn hotel found him dead early Tuesday morning.

Officers were sent to the Intown Suites on Stone Mountain Highway around 1:45 a.m. to check on 30-year-old Denzel Romanie of Lilburn, Gwinnett police said in a news release. At the scene, police found Romanie dead in his room. The medical examiner was called to the hotel and determined that Romanie had died from a gunshot wound, police said.

Homicide detectives opened a case and began collecting evidence, ultimately developing enough probable cause to take out an arrest warrant against 23-year-old Tariq Strickland, also of Lilburn, police said. Strickland’s whereabouts are unknown and investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, according to police.

Strickland is facing charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said.

Anyone with information about the case or Strickland’s whereabouts is asked to contact Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Anyone providing tips can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.

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