Last updated: August 27. 2014 10:07AM - 2039 Views
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LaGrange Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to a weekend homicide victim.

Devonte Cortez Thorpe is wanted for stealing a dark gray Chevrolet Impala, license plate number PRA5337, and is a person of interest to police in the Sunday murder of DeJerius Hardnett, 20, of Callaway Avenue.

Police on Tuesday used social media to release surveillance camera footage of the suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall, African-American male.

Hardnett died Sunday after an assault that occurred on Dawn Drive near Chip’s Way. He was airlifted by helicopter to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, a level I trauma center, but was later pronounced dead.

His death has been ruled a homicide by police.

Investigators would not say if a weapon was used in the assault.

Anyone with information regarding Thorpe’s whereabouts is urged to contact LaGrange Police at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips may be submitted anonymously.

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