Sandy Springs murder, home invasion suspect caught in NW Georgia

Jesus Alvarez De La Rosa was arrested Sunday in Calhoun. He has been charged with murder for his alleged role in a deadly home invasion in Sandy Springs.
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Jesus Alvarez De La Rosa was arrested Sunday in Calhoun. He has been charged with murder for his alleged role in a deadly home invasion in Sandy Springs.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

A suspect in a deadly home invasion that killed two in Sandy Springs was arrested late Sunday in northwest Georgia, but investigators believe at least one more suspect was still on the run Monday.

Jesus Alvarez De La Rosa, 25, of Atlanta, was arrested late Sunday after Sandy Springs investigators determined he had fled to Calhoun, police said Monday. De La Rosa was arrested at a Calhoun home on charges including murder, aggravated assault, home invasion and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. On Monday, he was booked into the Fulton County jail, records show.

“Sandy Springs police detectives have worked around the clock since called to the scene to identity the individuals involved,” the agency said Monday in an emailed statement.

De La Rosa was one of at least two suspects accused of breaking into a home at the Eva Apartments on Hammond Drive early Thursday, according to Sandy Springs police. Two people were killed and another was injured in a shooting during the break-in, police said.

Ariel Collazo, 20, was one of two people killed in a home invasion in Sandy Springs, according to police.
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Ariel Collazo, 20, was one of two people killed in a home invasion in Sandy Springs, according to police.

Credit: Go Fund Me

Credit: Go Fund Me

“This was not a random act and all those involved knew each other,” Sgt. Salvador Ortega said Friday. “No one else is in danger.”

On Monday, the two killed were identified as Ariel Collazo, 20, of Norcross, and Jerry Salazar, 19, of Sandy Springs. A third person, whose name was not released, remained in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

According to GoFundMe pages created to cover funeral costs for Collazo and Salazar, the two were friends.

Jerry Salazar, 19, was killed in a home invasion Thursday in Sandy Springs, according to police.
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Jerry Salazar, 19, was killed in a home invasion Thursday in Sandy Springs, according to police.

Credit: Go Fund Me

Credit: Go Fund Me

“We lost beautiful souls,” a page for Salazar stated. “JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED!”

Salazar loved to helped people and was a hard worker, a relative posted on the fundraising site. Collazo lived with his father and was an aspiring photographer, his sister wrote on a page created to raise funds for his funeral.

The investigation continued Monday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sutton at 770-551-6950 or SSutton@SandySpringsGA.Gov.