CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The man wanted in a high profile sledgehammer death in Florida has been arrested in Chattanooga.
According Chattanooga Police, a collaborative effort between the US Marshal Service and CPD landed Jason Andrews in the Hamilton County Jail last night.
Andrews was wanted in Pasco County, Florida where business owner Dennis Abrahamsen was beaten to death with a sledgehammer.
Law enforcement officials received word that Andrews, an adult film actor and former DJ, was in the Chattanooga area working as a manager at the Chattanooga Billiards Club on Jordan Drive.
Police say they conducted surveillance and identified Andrews as the suspect. CPD Fugitive Detectives and US Marshals took him into custody last night as he was working his shift.
Phil Windham, owner of the Chattanooga Billiards Club, admits he didn't do a background check on Andrews and now wishes he had. Andrews had been on the job for a mere three days. But Windham says he was well-spoken, clean cut, and had promise as a new club manager.
Andrews will be extradited back to Pasco County, Florida.
According to the NBC affiliate in Tampa, a first-degree murder warrant was issued for 26-year-old Jason Richard Andrews in June.
On May 16, the body of Abrahamsen, owner of Embellishing Tattoo & Piercing, was found face down on a massage table at his home. His head had been bashed in, possibly with a sledgehammer, and he had been stabbed in the back.
Investigators say Amanda Logue, 28, is a prostitute who participated in a May 15 sex party at Abrahamsen's home. She was arrested at her home in Leesburg, Ga., on a first-degree murder charge in the case and was extradited to Florida. She is being held without bail at the Land O' Lakes Jail.
She is accused of bludgeoning and stabbing Abrahamsen to death. But investigators say Andrews participated in the slaying, too, but won't disclose exactly how or what evidence led to his warrant.
Pasco deputies retrieved cell phone messages between Logue and Andrews during a period when Logue admitted being at Abrahamsen's house.
"I'm so glad you're really committed to this take," Andrews wrote. "Keep eyes for a knife, etc for me!
Logue said she wanted to have sex "after we kill (sic) him."
When detectives began investigating the slaying, they discovered that about $6,000, a laptop computer, a video camera, a digital camera and a Home Depot credit card were missing from Abrahamsen's house.
Logue told a detective during an interview in her Georgia home that her boyfriend, Jason Andrews, killed Abrahamsen. He was arrested in Largo on a retail theft charge a couple of days after the slaying. He had Abrahamsen's Home Depot card with him at the time, authorities said.
Doll said that detectives have interviewed Andrews in connection to Abrahamsen's death but didn't have enough evidence to charge him with the murder before his release from the Pinellas County Jail on May 19.