Updated: Albany police arrest suspect in weekend murder of teen

Updated Wednesday, May 4 at 10:15 p.m.

Brian Beasley, 28, appeared before a grand jury on Wednesday and is indicted on eight counts: Malice murder, felony murder, theft by taking, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of armed robbery.

Beasley is accused of killing Robert Purvis, 19, in February when trying to steal his 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. Purvis was found dead at a Splash 'n' Dash car was on South Mock Road in February. His Pontiac Sunfire was later found abandoned in the parking lot of the Albany Mall.

FOX 31's Sarah Bleau contributed to this story.


Brian Beasley made his first court appearance at the Dougherty County Jail today.

The 28-year-old is charged with murder, aggravated assault, and vehicle theft in connection to the shooting death of 19-year-old Robert Purvis.

Magistrate Judge Victoria Darrisaw read the charges against Beasley and quickly denied bond.

Purvis was found dead at the Splash n' Dash car wash on Sunday.

Beasley was arrested at the Sleep Inn motel on Dawson Road on Monday.


Albany police have now filed charges of murder, aggravated assault, and vehicle theft against 28-year-old Brian Beasley. The victim, 19-year-old Robert Purvis, appears to have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time â" trying to get his new car washed. He had purchased the 2001 Pontiac Sunfire less than 48 hours before he was reportedly killed for it.

"We came to this hotel and found out that he was here," said Lt. Eddie Jones of the Albany Police Dept. "We then assembled assorted police officers, came in, and executed the arrest."

Jones said 28-year-old Brian Beasley was awake in room 206 of the Sleep Inn motel on Dawson Road when officers entered. Despite being considered "armed and dangerous," Beasley was taken into custody without incident. He is now in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with murder, aggravated assault, and vehicle theft in connection to the death of 19-year-old Robert Purvis of Albany. Purvis was found shot to death at the Splash n' Dash car wash on South Mock Road on Sunday. His 2001 Pontiac Sunfire later turned up abandoned in the parking lot of the Albany Mall â" the first break for police.

"We canvassed the different hotels in this area to see whether or not â" we knew he was on foot, trying to see whether or not he had been to any of the hotels here," said Jones.

A sad irony to this story is that Purvis purchased the vehicle the same weekend of his murder with money from his income tax refund. Purvis went to a BP on Slappey Boulevard on Friday to cash his refund check. "While we was waiting to verify the check, me and him had a brief conversation and he was just mentioning that he was going to buy a car and going to pay cash for it and he was excited about it," said Mike Grier of BP.

While watching news reports of the murder, Grier recognized Purvis's name and immediately checked his records.

"Real nice guy," said Grier of Purvis. "He was all excited about getting his income tax money and about buying him a new car. He told me had already looked at it."

Albany police aren't saying if Brian Beasley was armed when he was arrested. They did tell us that they're checking surveillance footage at the Albany Mall and the Sleep Inn to see if Beasley â" or anyone else â" is in the video.

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