UPDATE #2: Suspect Sought in Deadly Hit-and-Run Collision – Suspect Identified and Charges Pending – Suspect Cooperating with Investigators and Further Investigation Required
Update #2, 12/12/18: Prior to any warrants being obtained, Anita made contact with the lead investigator in this case and wished to speak with him in reference to her side of the story. Anita met with the lead investigator, accompanied by her attorney, and brought forth information that requires further investigation. Anita is cooperating with the lead investigator and the investigation is continuing. A decision on criminal charges will be made at the completion of the investigation.
Update #1, 12/11/18 - 11:30am: The female suspect in this case has been identified as Anita Mustafi (27) of Lawrenceville. After publishing the original media release, an officer with Lawrenceville Police Department recognized the suspect from a previous encounter. Investigators from the Accident Investigation Unit attempted to make contact with Anita but she was not home. They did, however, locate the vehicle involved in the incident. The vehicle is a gray 2009 Kia Sportage. Investigators are currently obtaining a search warrant to search the vehicle and process it for evidence. Warrants for Anita’s arrest will be obtained and she will be charged with Felony Hit and Run. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Anita they are encouraged to call Gwinnett Police or Crime Stoppers Atlanta.
The deceased in this case has been identified as Melissa Wheeler (50) of Decatur. Next of kin notification has been made.
Original, 12/11/18 - 3:45am: (Duluth, Georgia) Gwinnett Police need the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run collision. On December 10 shortly before 11:00pm Gwinnett Police responded to a person hit by a vehicle call at 2001 Pleasant Hill Road in unincorporated Duluth. Upon arrival officers located a 50 year old black female lying in the parking lot. She was quickly transported by Fire Department personnel to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. She later died as a result of those injuries. The Accident Investigation Unit (AIU) was contacted and responded to investigate the scene.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that the suspect, only identified as an unknown race female possibly in her 20’s, had an altercation with two black females near the gas pumps. The female suspect went inside the gas station and paid for her gas and a few snack items. An unidentified black male, which had parked a couple of pumps over from her, began talking to the female suspect. A few moments later she begins to leave and has a verbal altercation with two black females that were at the pump next to her. She stops and the black females appear to try to open her vehicle door and start a physical altercation. The female suspect flees by pulling around the gas pumps and one of the black females tries to block her in. The two black females again confront the female suspect. They open her vehicle door and a physical altercation ensues. The female suspect backs up and one of the black females is struck by the vehicle door. She falls and is ultimately run over by the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle then flees the scene. A vehicle that was parked next to the victim’s vehicle leaves prior to police arrival and the black male that originally was talking to the female suspect also leaves.
The female suspect is described as a light skinned, unknown race, female, approximately in her 20’s, with brown hair in a “messy bun” style hairdo, wearing a dark colored NIKE hoodie with another jacket over it, and matching sweatpants.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 678-442-5653. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 18-114649