New details emerge after suspect charged in shooting death of 20-year-old trying to sell his car

New details emerge after suspect charged in shooting death of 20-year-old trying to sell his car
Edmond Emil Knowles was charged with three counts of first-degree murder,in the death of 20-year-old Arnold Reyes. (MPD)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police have released more information after Edmond Emil Knowles, 21, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 11 shooting death of 20-year-old Arnold Reyes.

Knowles has been charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping and theft of property.

Knowles was arrested in Blyetheville, Arkansas by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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Knowles approached Reyes in the parking lot of an AutoZone on Summer Avenue and asked if Reyes was would sell his red 2006 Ford Mustang.

The young father was interested in selling the car to make some money to provide for his six-month-old son.

The car was valued at $5,791, according to police.

Reyes agreed to let Knowles take the car for a test drive.

Reyes’ family said Knowles drove several blocks away with Reyes before shooting and killing him.

The shooting took place in the 900 block of Novarese Avenue.

Knowles drove away in the car and left Reyes’ body in the street.

Officers responding to the shooting found Reyes unresponsive on the ground with tape wrapped around his ankles.

Reyes was transported to Regional One in critical condition, where he later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

During the investigation a witness told police Knowles confessed to shooting Reyes and leaving in his car. The witness identified Knowles during a photo lineup.

A second witness also identified Knowles as the man who wanted to buy Reyes’ car and left with him for a test drive.