Jeff Martin and Desiree Mathurin, Associated Press, March 25, 2021
A worker at an Atlanta grocery store heard “clicking sounds,” and it sounded to him like someone was loading weapons inside a restroom stall, he told police. Then he saw an an “AR-15-style rifle” leaning against the wall.
The sharp-eyed Instacart worker is getting credit for helping officers to stop the man wearing body armor and carrying a half-dozen guns from roaming through the Publix grocery store Wednesday, police said.
The worker, Charles Russell, “heard clicking sounds from the bathroom stall,” a police report states. “It sounded to him like someone was loading firearms.”
Russell then alerted a manager at the store, urging him to call 911.
Two Atlanta police officers arrived. One grabbed a rifle from his patrol car, put on a ballistic helmet and went into the store, where he apparently surprised the armed man as he came around the corner from the restroom.
Officers then arrested Rico Marley, 22, without a shot being fired.
The pistols he had were loaded with rounds in chambers, and a revolver was also fully loaded, the officer wrote. He then looked inside Marley’s bag and found a loaded AR-15-style rifle and a loaded shotgun, said the officer, who noted that the suspect was wearing body armor.