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DNA matches carjacking suspect to Waffle House robbery
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A suspect who was wanted for robbing a Waffle House on West Avenue at gunpoint last fall was discovered to be the same person as a suspect who was killed in a carjacking attempt in DeKalb County in October.

On September 11, 2014, shortly after 6 a.m., a male wearing a white plastic "Scream" mask and black shirt entered the restaurant and fired a shot into the ceiling. A few customers and employees were in the restaurant at the time but no one was reportedly injured. The suspect took cash from the cash register and then left on foot, reportedly towards Hardin Street.

Residents in the area of Waffle House discovered the discarded "Scream" mask the following day and notified authorities. Conyers Police Investigators recovered the mask and submitted it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations crime lab for DNA analysis.

A report from the GBI received this week shows that the saliva recovered from the mask matched that of Ahaviel Travione "Ben" Whitfield, 39, 1325 Classic Drive in Conyers.

Ahaviel Whitfield was shot and killed in October 2014 during an attempted carjacking on Rainbow Way in south DeKalb County. Whitfield was shot by an off-duty DeKalb police officer working as security at the shopping plaza where the robbery occurred.

The gun used by Whitfield during the carjacking is believed to be the same gun used during the Waffle House Robbery approximately one month prior.