Gwinnett police arrest suspect in torture, murders of mother and son

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Police have charged a man with the violent murders of a mother and her adult son in Gwinnett County. Investigators say Rickey Taylor of Norcross, age 28, killed Nicola and James Sramek.

The victims were found Sunday night at the Barrington Hills Apartments on Chelsea Park Lane. Police said Nicola Sramek, 61, and James Sramek, 29, were tortured and killed. Their injuries included blunt force trauma and stabbing, police said.

Police announced the arrest of Taylor Thursday evening. He was linked to the murders through video surveillance footage and physical evidence, according to investigators. Police said they believe Taylor went on a crime spree that included several armed robberies in the Norcross area.

Taylor was arrested for one of those robberies on August 6. While in custody, he was later questioned about the murders of the Srameks. Police said Taylor knew James Sramek. Officers said it appears robbery was the motive for the killings.

In a statement Thursday, Gwinnett Police said "Taylor is a heinous criminal and exhibited the darkest side of humanity. It is very disturbing to know that there are people in our society who are capable of exacting such levels of violence against others."

Taylor is charged with two counts each of Malice Murder, Armed Robbery and False Imprisonment.