A homeless Georgia man accused of stabbing a grandmother to death at her home in one of Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs was charged with murder last week.
Antonio Brown, 23, was charged with 12 counts ranging from murder to armed robbery following the death of Eleanor Bowles in the suburb of Buckhead.
Bowles, 77, was found dead in her garage by her son Michael when he returned home to stay with her over the holidays. It is believed that Bowles walked in on Brown trying to steal her Lexus SUV.
In a statement after her death, Michael said he was happy that his mother’s justice process was underway, but regretted that his mother “should have been safe in her home.” If she wasn’t safe, no one is.’
The indictment comes as Buckhead explores the possibility of seceding from Atlanta as rampant crime from the city center works its way north to the posh suburb.
Antonio Brown, 23, was charged with the murder of Eleanor Bowles at her Atlanta home
Bowles, 77, was found stabbed to death in her garage by her son Michael in December
Brown was indicted on four counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, robbery by robbery, robbery by robbery, assault on an elderly person, and possession of a knife while committing a crime. crime.
On the day of the murder on December 10, Brown allegedly robbed a local liquor store while intoxicated. He allegedly tried to buy a bottle of vodka, but when he was refused by store employees, he snatched the bottle and fled.
He then allegedly made his way to the gated community where Bowles lived about half a mile from the liquor store.
Brown is suspected of entering the neighborhood on foot, but police still don’t know how he got past community security.
From there, he reportedly entered Bowles’ garage, which is separate from her home, and attempted to make off with her Lexus RX 350 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to the Atlanta Constitutional Journal.
Police suspect Bowles surprised Brown during the attempted robbery. They said she was found with “multiple cuts.”
Brown was arrested two days after the incident, after security footage of Bowles’ driveway showing him was circulated.
Son Michael said it was a traumatizing experience to find his mother murdered.
“I was on my way to visit her for the holidays and got to her a few hours late,” he told FOX 5. “Finding her like this is something that will stay with me forever. What happened to her was her worst nightmare. It’s most people’s worst nightmare.’
Police have released this photo of a man believed to be Antonio Brown entering Bowles’ Lexus
Bowles’ home in Buckhead, worth nearly $800,000, where she was stabbed to death
Ellen Bowles pictured with her son Michael Bowles, who found her dead in her garage
Bowles’ murder was just one of the latest terrifying crimes that has led the citizens of Buckhead to secede from Atlanta.
Residents first voiced the idea of seceding from the rest of Atlanta in 2008, after a newsletter was distributed suggesting that the move could cut residents’ taxes by 50 percent.
The motion largely failed, but was revived again in 2021 as a means of curbing violent crime that was rising in the area.
“We live in a war zone in Buckhead,” Bill White, secessionist and Buckhead resident, told Bloomberg at the time. “Shootings and murders, it just never ends.”
But the move took a hit this week after Governor Brian Kemp expressed concern about the prospect of secession, saying it could violate some Georgia laws.
Kemp’s government raised a dozen questions about the constitutionality of secession, warning that the move “could lead to a future with unforeseen consequences.”
That setback came just after the movement won a major victory Monday when a Georgia senate committee passed secession bills that allowed discussion of the movement to move forward to the full Senate.
Georgia’s senate will vote on Thursday on whether to introduce secession in 2024.
Ellen dances with her son Michael. She was described as “kind, dear, funny, loving” on a GoFundMe page set up in her honor
Bowles was a mother of two and was characterized as “kind, dear, funny, loving” in one GoFundMe page set up in her honor.
Described as a fierce animal lover, all proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Atlanta Humane Society.
Her son Michael said in a statement that he is committed to ensuring his mother’s death spurns action against violent crime.
“I am determined to publicize this outrageous tragedy. And I want everyone to understand that none of us are safe,” he said. “I hope people read this story and understand this, and then maybe we can all make a change together. I’ll carry that message with me forever, for Mom.”