UPDATE: According to MCSO, the victim has been identified as 53 year old Clinton Maxwell Phillips.  

GRAND BAY Ala, (WALA) Mobile County Sheriff's Office reports they have a murder suspect in custody.

Officials with MCSO say that Erik Perez was taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Jeff Hamilton and Oyler Road in Grand Bay.

Investigators say that around 3 a.m., Perez broke into a home in the 11000 block of Jeff Hamilton Road where he allegedly beat a male victim to death with a hatchet and a shovel. Perez then fled the scene on foot. 

Sheriff's deputies then caught Perez about a mile and a half from the scene of the crime.

Officials say that Perez has been booked into Mobile County Metro Jail and has been charged with first degree burglary and murder.

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