Double homicide followed dispute over apartment damage

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Police were called to assist at Summer Place Villas three times this month.

Less than 24 hours after a shooting Tuesday at Summer Place Villas in Gainesville, details have emerged that show a history of aggressive behavior by the suspected shooter.

A Gainesville police report says starting Feb. 2, 23-year-old Cedric Tremaine Plummer — who was arrested Tuesday in the murders of Jude Onyegbulum Osuji Jr., 28, and Robert Earl Brumbaugh, 61 — became involved in a dispute with apartment management after he destroyed the interior of his apartment and prevented employees from fixing it.

The report says police were called out at least three times after that because of Plummer’s aggressive behavior.

GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said no reports were generated as they were responses to assistance calls and no crimes were reported.

On Tuesday, Plummer scheduled a meeting with Osuji and Brumbaugh, employees of the apartment complex. Another employee, Hailey Louise Roberts, 19, also attended the meeting.

Police say that, at about 1:30 p.m., Plummer arrived at the apartment complex office and, without saying a word, shot and killed Brumbaugh and Osuji.

Plummer then kidnapped Roberts at gunpoint, forcing her to drive to Georgia. At one point, Plummer told Roberts to stop crying, placing a gun to her head and reminding her of what he did to Brumbaugh and Osuji, according to police.

Through electronic surveillance, law enforcement tracked Roberts.

Lowndes County, Georgia Sheriff Ashley Paulk said Tuesday the car was spotted northbound on Interstate 75 by a police officer for the city of Hahira in Lowndes County. The officer followed the car while calling for backup.

The report says Plummer told Roberts, “Don’t stop unless you wanna see brains in your lap.”

The car was stopped just across the county line in Cook County. Law enforcement apprehended Plummer and rescued Roberts.

A .380-caliber handgun was found in the vehicle, police say, consistent with .380-caliber shell casings found at the apartment’s office at 3316 SW 41st Place.

Paulk said Roberts was taken to South Georgia Medical Center for a medical checkup. She was not harmed, but was emotionally upset and scared, Paulk said.

As of Wednesday morning, Plummer was held in the Lowndes County Jail.

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