The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.
Antavian Love, of Covington, will be tried as an adult due to the charge of murder.
Trejo's body was found in a drainage culvert in the 200 block of Lower River Road in Newton County on Sunday morning. He had been shot multiple times.
According to statements taken by the NCSO investigators and evidence, Trejo was employed at the El Charo Restaurant on Covington Bypass Road. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, he left the restaurant alone in his 1999 Ford Expedition, stoping at the Shell convenience store just down the road at Highway 36 and Covington Bypass.
He was seen on video talking to, then giving a ride to three young men, according to a NCSO's press release. A Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) was issued for Trejo's missing Expedition.
On early Sunday evening, a Covington Police Officer spotted the Expedition traveling on Brown Bridge Road. When the police officer pulled the SUV over, several subjects exited the car and ran. A chase then ensued, which passed through Turner Lake Park. According to the NCSO's statement, deputies and Covington police officers located the fleeing subjects, and as a result of evidence and statements given, Love was arrested.
Love was also charged possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by taking and theft by receiving. Additional charges are pending.
The case is ongoing and additional people will be interviewed and evidence collected.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by Trejo's family to help with funeral expenses. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/2ajg6krw.