Gwinnett Police Are Seeking Public's Help in Finding Burglary Suspect
Media coverage of the burglary in Lawrenceville led to the identification of Damion Burnell who reportedly broke into a house where a 10-year-old was home alone. Police need help in locating him.
On July 27th, shortly after two men broke into a house where 10-year-old Christopher King was home alone, Gwinnett County Police stopped Damion Burnell for questioning. This happened not too far from King's home on Halcyon Way in unincorporated Lawrenceville.
However, the 20 year old Burnell's clothing did not match the suspect's description and he denied knowledge of the burglary or knowing D’andrew Greene. Greene, 19, was caught and arrested as he tried to flee the scene. Since officers did not have enough evidence to hold Burnell, they let him go.
After seeing coverage of the crime reported by Lawrenceville Patch and other news outlets, an anonymous caller contacted police and told them the second suspect was in fact Burnell. The caller confirmed that Burnell and Greene did know each other and had been together around the time of the break-in. Detectives did some more investigation and were able to charge Burnell in this case.
During the investigation, police say a second home on Arnold Mill Way was also burglarized. This home was just one neighborhood away from King's home and used the same mode of operation. Both Greene and Burnell have been charged in that burglary.
Police do not have Burnell in custody as of yet. Burnell does have two active warrants for burglary. Anyone with information on his location are asked to call 911. If you have information on this case, please contact detectives at 770-513-5300.