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Murder suspect spent days running from the cops, but he couldn't outrun the ones on bicycles

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Source: Atlanta police

Oct. 29 2021, Published 4:46 p.m. ET

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A murder suspect who spent days on the run was eventually caught — by police on bikes.

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Ulysses Grant Gatling III, 31, was arrested around 11 a.m. Oct. 27 after he was spotted around the King Center pathway, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was on the run for eight days before his arrest, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Body camera footage from the officers during his arrest was shared by Atlanta police.

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Gatling was charged with the murder and aggravated assault in connection to the death of Jalin Belton, 30, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 18, officers were called to the InTown Suites Extended Stay on Barrett Creek Parkway in Cobb, Georgia, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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They found a woman there, later identified as Belton, dead at the scene, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Police believe Belton was killed by an “edged weapon,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The relationship between the victim and suspect were not released, but Gatlin lived at the hotel, and cops say the crime was an act of domestic violence, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Cobb police issued a lookout alert for law enforcement agencies to help find Gatling, and Atlanta police officers recognized him, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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“The BOLO was sent out to all APD staff. Zone 6 Bike Team members recalled seeing the suspect previously around the pathway area near the King Center,” Atlanta police said on Facebook. “No time to wait for SWAT or Fugitive, the officers jumped on their bikes and rode to the general area where they believe they last saw the man, and in an almost serendipitous encounter, there he was.”

Three officers surrounded Gatling, who was taken into custody without incident.


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