Suspected serial killer gets 2 month MARTA suspension for not paying fare

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 17, 2014
Aeman Lovel Presley. Photo provided by Atlanta INtown

Aeman Lovel Presley. Photo provided by Atlanta INtown

This story has been updated. 

The man in Fulton County jail accused of murdering at least four people won’t be allowed to ride on MARTA for two months, effective Dec. 19.

Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is currently in Fulton County Jail and is being held without bond. Detectives are still investigating in this case and haven’t ruled out the possibility that he is connected to other unsolved murders.

MARTA police arrested Presley at the Georgia State MARTA station on Dec. 11 because he was allegedly trying to dodge a fare. The MARTA police officer that arrested him discovered he had a silver Taurus .45 Colt Revolver that was fully loaded with hollow point rounds. They also found a book bag with more ammunition inside.

MARTA police discovered Presley has a non-extradition warrant from Los Angeles for possession of a controlled substance and is a convicted felon. Soon after that arrest, Presley began talking to investigators and allegedly made statements that led police to believe he was connected to four murders: Karen Pearce, Dec. 6, Dorian Jenkins, on Nov. 23, Tommy Mims, on Nov. 26, and Calvin Gholston, on Sept. 27. Police announced Presley’s arrest on Dec. 12.

MARTA also served Presley with a two-month suspension from MARTA services, effective Dec. 19 through Feb. 17, 2015.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker spoke during a press conference on Dec. 16 and said Presley’s arrest was the direct result of the transit agency’s “Ride With Respect Campaign.”

“In November of 2013 MARTA initiated the Ride With Respect Campaign, where we are going after all uncivil, nuisance and what we call knucklehead behavior,” Parker said. “People not paying their fares, people panhandling and that sort of thing.”

Since July 1, MARTA has served 1,763 suspensions to riders who have run afoul of its conduct code according to a spokesperson. The total number of suspensions issued since November 2013 is 3,546, the spokesperson said. To read the conduct code, click here.

CBS 46 Atlanta obtained this video of Presley’s arrest on Dec. 11.

CBS46 News

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  • Diane

    A two month suspension from MARTA?

    Do they honestly think this guy is going to be out of jail in the next two months? I sincerely hope not!

    • Saba Long

      Diane, the suspension is standard practice based on the MARTA Code of Conduct. Law enforcement had not yet confirmed his alleged connection to the murders.

      • Thanks, Saba. This headline has been updated to clear up confusion as well.

  • underscorex

    That’ll teach ’em!

  • Shelby

    How does Marta enforce a suspension?

  • Hans

    I think the point here, to echo Mr. Parker, is that enforcing quality of life and nuisance crimes is a good way to catch more serious criminals. He is right: the ‘Ride with Respect’ campaign can reasonably claim to have caught a serial killer. Two months ridership suspension, whatever. The guy is behind bars and MARTA broke the case. Good for them.

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