FBI Agents in Atlanta and Los Angeles are assisting Atlanta, GA authorities in their attempt to locate and arrest former 6'5" Georgia Tech basketball star and NBA player Javaris Crittenton. Crittenton, 23, is charged with the August 19 drive by shooting and murder of 22-year-old Atlanta mother of four Julian Jones, hit by a hail of bullets allegedly fired by Crittenton from a dark colored SUV, this apparently in retaliation for a previous altercation involving him and someone walking along with Jones. The actual target of the shots fired by Crittenton was believed to have robbed him of jewelry about four months ago. The FBI believes Crittenton hasfled the Atlanta area for Los Angeles, and he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Many will remember that less than two years ago, Crittenton was involved in a December 24, 2009, armed showdown with a fellow Washington Wizards player in that team's locker room. In that case then Wizards player Gilbert Arenas, now with the Orlando Magic, argued with Crittenton over a card game. The argument spilled over into the locker room, where Arenas displayed four guns at which time Crittenton also pulled a handgun of his own in that macho-like deadly confrontation.
Crittenton was subsequently released from the Wizards and after playing for a basketball team in China, returned this past season to play for the Dakota Wizards in the NBA's Development League. Evidently Crittenton fired one or more shots from the inside of the SUV at his believed assailant, only to see Jones collapse and soon after die during surgery. Crittenton is believedto have bought a one-way ticket to LA last Wednesday, a location where he is known to have both family and friends, and while the recent hurricane detracted many in law enforcement, there is now a full blown manhunt ongoing for Crittenton, who shouldn't be hard to spot in a crowd.
Atlanta authorities have a murder warrant out for Crittenton and the FBI has charged him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution for Murder. He can run but at 6'5", he cannot hide.