ATLANTA - Police have a video of a shooter investigators believe gunned down a woman in her apartment breezeway, but it does not show the gunman’s face. Now, police are asking for help in solving the October murder of Tychika Heflin by just the suspect’s mannerisms.
On the security camera footage, a young man in dark jeans, white shoes, and a tan hoodie can be seen walking across a parking lot in the 200 block of Harwell Place in Atlanta. Seconds later, he reappears, this time running with what looks like a purse in his hand. Atlanta police believe that man is killed Tychika Heflin, who was called Pinky by her friends.
"We don't know if it was an intentional situation or was it a situation where he was just trying to rob her and something went wrong. But either way, he show Pinky and now she's deceased and no longer with us," said Major Adam Lee III, Atlanta Police Department.
Major Lee said on October 18 of last year Heflin was walking home. He believes the man in the video as well as another unidentified man saw Heflin and followed her back to the apartment complex. In the video you see them pull in the parking lot.
"We did at the latter part of last year had several incidents involving women that were victims of carjackings and robberies toward the end of the year. We don't know if this incident is connected but we find it odd it was that same time where Ms. Heflin was robbed and killed," said Major Lee.
Heflin’s family said they just want the person identified.
"We want to see the face of this person and we want to make sure he's not on the streets taking another life," said Major Lee.
The video does not capture the suspects face, but police still hope someone will recognize him.
"People who see this person every day might recognize the way he walks he walks, just his mannerisms. We all have idiosyncrasies and we do things that we don't notice that other people do notice," said Major Lee.
Heflin leaves behind a son.
There is a $2,000 reward in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.