Missing girl found alive, grandparents murdered in east Charlotte home

- A girl who went missing after her grandparents were found dead in a home in east Charlotte on Sunday has been found safe in Washington, D.C.

On Sunday at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department received a 911 call from a female who advised that Arieyana Simone Forney was inside the vehicle that was involved in this incident. 

During this phone call she was able to provide the 911 operator her approximate location, according to police.  Multiple Metropolitan Police Department Officers responded to that area and began searching for the 2005 White Impala that was listed in the Amber Alert.  They were able to locate the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit developed, then the vehicle crashed, ending the pursuit.  There were no serious injuries reported as a result of this crash.  Curtis Atkinson Jr., 36, had been driving the vehicle and was immediately arrested.  He is currently being held on local charges but will also be charged with the murder of his parents, the victims of this homicide.  Curtis Atkinson Jr. is the Uncle of Arieyana Simone Forney. 

A second female was also located inside the suspect vehicle and was detained at the conclusion of the pursuit.  Nikkia Cooper, 25, is currently being held by the Metropolitan Police Department on drug charges.   Detectives are working to determine this persons involvement.

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department originally responded to an assist fire call, unrelated to the homicide, around 11 a.m. to the 7500 block of Glencannon Drive where they located a man and woman dead after suffering from gunshot wounds. The deceased victims who were located have been identified as Curtis S. Atkinson Sr., 63, and Ruby B. Atkinson, 62.

HOMICIDE EAST CHARLOTTE: Police say they're investigating a homicide on Glencannon Dr. The road is blocked by police cars. Awaiting presser. pic.twitter.com/wD4UCe8qzM

— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) April 2, 2017

MAN AND WOMAN DECEASED, according to police. Officer says possible homeowners on Glencannon Dr. in east Charlotte. Detectives to speak soon. pic.twitter.com/RQIZ3kDJl1

— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) April 2, 2017

Police say the below picture of a white 2005 Chevy Impala displaying a North Carolina registration plate of PAV4294 left the scene before the Charlotte Fire Department’s arrival.

UPDATE: Police are searching for this car that left the scene of a double murder in east Charlotte https://t.co/d6Qp6dFzoF pic.twitter.com/DKigPveaEN

— SarahObeid (@SarahObeidFox46) April 2, 2017

Authorities were also searching to find 11-year-old Arieyana Simone Forney who is believed to have lived at the home where the the man and woman were found deceased. 

CMPD issued an Amber Alert for the missing girl. They said she is 5'1, weighs 130 pounds, wears stud-type earrings and could have been in serious danger. 

Forney was last seen at her residence, before reported missing.  

#BREAKING: Police searching for car seen leaving home after alarm called in firefighters. Fire not responsible for man and woman's death.

— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) April 2, 2017

These shootings mark the city’s 24th and 25th homicides. 

Anyone with information on the case itself  is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or call 911. 

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