A still from the homeowner’s doorbell security camera. Image courtesy of the Atlanta Police Department.
The Atlanta Police Department (APD) announced today they’ve apprehended two suspects wanted for attempting to break into a home in Peoplestown.
On Oct. 1, a homeowner on Farrington Ave. called the police after he was woken up by loud banging at his front door. When officers arrived, he showed them footage from his doorbell camera which showed two men attempting to kick in his door. The APD noted that one man can be seen holding a handgun, and it appeared they also tried to make entry through one of the home’s windows.
After making their report, the responding officers notified zone investigators and provided them with the camera’s footage, who got to work identifying the suspects. Photos of the men were distributed throughout the department to assist in identifying them based off previous interactions, according to police materials. Once the suspects were identified as Demarcus Grier and Desmond Grier, arrest warrants were issued.
A week later, on Oct. 10, officers were patrolling the area around Oakland Drive and Campbellton Road when they heard gunshots just before 10 p.m. While searching for the source, two men began to run from their marked car, according to police materials. The officers gave pursuit and detained the two men. It was quickly determined they were the same men wanted for the attempted break in.
“We are extremely happy to have these suspects off our streets,” Sgt. John Chafee, APD’s public information supervisor, said in a statement, “and we are proud of the work our investigators and officers put into this case.”