Atlanta Police have made an arrest in the Nov. 19 murder of Chelsea Beller, a manager at the Barcelona Wine Bar in northwest Atlanta.

Samuel Ott, 21, was taken into custody on Dec. 23 by the APD’s Fugitive Unit after his DNA was matched to evidence linked to the crime scene. Ott was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment and transported to the Fulton County jail.

Blood evidence from clothing and other materials discarded near the crime scene shortly after the murder was turned over to the GBI Crime Lab for examination. Earlier this week, APD investigators learned the DNA was a match to Ott, who has a previous criminal history.

“Our Homicide investigators have worked tirelessly to purse justice for Chelsea Beller and the other employees who were tied up, robbed and terrorized that night,” APD Chief Erika Shields said. “It’s only a matter of time before the evidence will lead us to the other two who carried out this cold-blooded and cowardly act. I’m proud of the work of our Homicide Unit, as well as the work of the Fugitive Unit in tracking down this suspect. We will not rest until the other suspects are in custody.”

The investigation into the murder continues, with more suspects remaining to be identified. CrimeStoppers Atlanta has once again raised the reward by $5,000. The reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the remaining suspects now stands at up to $38,000. The standard CrimeStoppers reward is $2,000. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477). Anyone providing a tip can remain anonymous and will not be required to testify at any point.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.