SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A 25-year-old suspect has been charged with the murder of a teenage girl on Feb. 8 in Savannah.
According to the Savannah Police Department, Rashaun Padgett was arrested at a Garden City motel on May 6.
Padgett is accused of shooting and killing a 17-year-old Alexis Devoe on West 60th and Montgomery streets.
It was mid-February this year when Savannah police released that they believed Rashaun Padgett was the person responsible for shooting and fatally wounding Alexis DeVoe earlier that month.
Just a few days after the death of their daughter, Alexis’ parents were telling us they believed she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, not the intended target when she was shot near the intersection of W. 60th and Montgomery Streets.
Her father also said he believed Alexis died shielding her 5-month old son.
About ten days after her death, Padgett was identified by police as a suspect, saying he was wanted for murder.
We later learned Padgett was also wanted in a separate incident, and armed robbery, by Savannah State University Police.
Nearly three months to the day of her death, the man police are charging with DeVoe’s murder was arrested and booked into the Chatham County Detention Center.
WTOC spoke with Alexis’ mother who says her birthday was on the same day of the arrest, and that news was the best gift she could’ve ever asked for.
Kim DeVoe, Alexis’ mother, said, “It’s crazy how, at six o’ clock that night, the detective called me and said hey, I’ve got some good news for you. Rashaun has been apprehended. I just dropped to my knees and, thank you God, thank you Jesus. It just made my day. That’s the best birthday gift I could’ve got. I’m mad she’s not here, I’m upset, I cry everyday. But the fact that it’s something, some kinda light coming to the situation, it gives us some kid of hope.”
A grand jury indictment on the charges Padgett faces will have to wait until the judicial emergency is lifted in Georgia.