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Cops: Man murdered MARTA train rider after request for money

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that it was Richey who was allegedly asked for money, according to warrants. A previous story said that Richey asked the victim for money before the attack.

At about 8:15 p.m. on a weeknight, police believe Charles Richey, a 49-year-old Atlantan, stabbed a MARTA rider to death after the man asked him for money.

That’s according to warrants released Thursday on the Jan. 24 killing, which is said to have happened on a train in the area of the Avondale station. The two fought after Richey declined to give the man money, police say.

The documents say the stabbing was caught on video and audio.

The victim, a middle-aged man who had no identification on him, still hasn’t been identified, according to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We’re still waiting on fingerprints,” Deputy Chief Investigator Mark Anglin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

A description of the victim wasn’t immediately available.

The warrants for Richey, who remains held without bond in the DeKalb jail, allege he was approached by the victim and then followed him after declining the request for money.

Charles Richey, 49, is accused of murder in the stabbing death of a man who asked him for money on a MARTA train, police say. (DeKalb County jail)

A scuffle ensued.

Richey drew a knife, with a blade measuring more than three inches, and stabbed the man “numerous times,” one warrant says.

Richey is charged with murder.

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