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Police mistook Mexican man as gunman in Georgia spa shooting spree

The real suspected killer was apprehended three hours later.

Atlanta spa shootings Mike Stewart/AP

More details have emerged regarding the horrific killing spree that took place in Georgia on Tuesday (March 16). As authorities continue to investigate whether the murders of eight people — including six women of Asian descent — were racially charged hate crimes, one of the victim’s husbands is speaking out about the mistreatment he endured at the scene of the crime.

In an interview with Mundo Hispánico, Mario González discussed his outing with his wife Delaina Ashley Yaun. On Tuesday afternoon, the couple reportedly went to Youngs Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia to spend some quality time together. At the spa, Gonzalez and Yaun received massages in separate rooms. Towards the end of his massage, Gonzalez heard gunshots. “I couldn’t see anything,” he told the Spanish media outlet. “I only started thinking that it was in the room my wife was in.”

Luckily, Gonzalez escaped unharmed, but he says when Cherokee County police arrived at the scene of the crime around 5 p.m., they immediately thought he was the gunman. González was handcuffed for nearly two hours before law enforcement let him go. “They knew I was her husband,” he said. “Maybe, it’s because I’m Mexican. I don’t know, because the real truth is that they treated me poorly.”

González’s niece, Jessica González, told Daily Mail that officers ignored her uncle as he pleaded with them to give him an update on his wife’s status. “He kept asking, ‘Where’s my wife? Where’s my wife?’ and nobody would give him an answer,” she said. “He didn’t get any answers until a couple hours later.” Several people at the spa reportedly told officers that Gonzalez was not a suspect, but they would not let him go.

“He’s very upset and angry about that,” Jessica González added. “He was handcuffed for something he didn’t do. I think it was a racial thing. He was the only one left in handcuffs.”

The real suspected killer, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, was arrested three hours later in South Georgia along interstate 75. He’s been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

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