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Atlanta Police make first arrest in robbery and murder at Barcelona Wine Bar

Post Date:12/23/2017 9:39 PM


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Contact: Carlos Campos
Director, Public Affairs Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2017


Atlanta Police make first arrest in robbery and murder at Barcelona Wine Bar

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields is pleased to announce that Homicide Unit investigators have made an arrest in the November 19 murder of Chelsea Beller, a manager at the Barcelona Wine Bar in northwest Atlanta. 

Samuel Ott, DOB 7/17/96, was taken into custody on Saturday by the APD’s Fugitive Unit after his DNA was matched to evidence linked to the crime scene. Ott was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment and transported to the Fulton County jail. 

Blood evidence from clothing and other materials discarded near the crime scene shortly after the murder was turned over to the GBI Crime Lab for examination. Earlier this week, APD investigators learned the DNA was a match to Ott, who has a previous criminal history. 

“Our Homicide investigators have worked tirelessly to pursue justice for Chelsea Beller and the other employees who were tied up, robbed and terrorized that night,” Shields said. “It’s only a matter of time before the evidence will lead us to the others who carried out this cold-blooded and cowardly act. I’m proud of the work of our Homicide Unit, as well as the work of the Fugitive Unit in tracking down this suspect. We will not rest until the other suspects are in custody.” 

The investigation into the murder continues, with more suspects remaining to be identified. CrimeStoppers Atlanta has once again raised the reward by $5,000. The reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the remaining suspects now stands at up to $38,000. The standard CrimeStoppers reward is $2,000. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477). Anyone providing a tip can remain anonymous and will not be required to testify at any point. 

At this point in the investigation, the Department plans to make no further comment, or provide interviews.

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