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17-year-old accused of additional burglaries, a suspect in assaults

STONE MOUNTAIN - Police have charged a 17-year-old with two more burglary charges, bringing the total to nine for an alleged crime spree in the East Parke subdivision.

Darrian Dewayne Bryant, an East Parke resident, is also a suspect in a rape of a 15-year-old and two assaults during burglaries in the neighborhood, but he has not been charged for those crimes.

On Tuesday, Bryant was charged with seven burglaries on Lakebrooke Run, at homes nearby his own on the same street. The charges were announced by Gwinnett police officials at a community meeting to address residents concern with the crimes in East Parke and surrounding areas.

Bryant was expelled from Parkview High School last month.

"No assault charges have been filed at this time. Investigators are still interviewing people and obtaining statements," said Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman. "Evidence sent to GBI crime lab for testing can take up to four weeks for results. At this stage in the investigation, the test results will be the main factor in determining additional charges."

Some neighbors say the teen doesn't fit the description of the attackers from the assault victims.

"The women said the attacker was 6-foot-4 with broad shoulders. That does not match the description of the boy," said Harin Bhatt, who lives on Lakebrooke Run. But on Bryant's arrest warrant, he is listed at 6 feet 3 inches tall.

Bhatt said the 15-year-old rape victim, another Parkview student, is now living with relatives.

Last month, the victim was violently attacked at her home after school by a man who was waiting for her inside her home. The man bound the teen, sexually and physically assaulted her, and then fled. The teen was alone at the time because her father was traveling out of the country and her mother works in the evening, neighbors said.

Police said the suspect entered the homes through back windows. Before the burglary arrest, Bryant was out on bond for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.