Burglary, rape suspect has wild history

LAWRENCEVILLE -- No stranger to jail, Lawrenceville resident Marcus Anthony Terrell was arrested this week on charges he broke into a 55-year-old woman's residence in his neighborhood and sexually assaulted her about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was hospitalized, and responding officers picked up Terrell, 40, on a nearby street about an hour later, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Terrell remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, charged with rape, burglary, aggravated sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.

Terrell made headlines in May 2010 when he attempted to enter homes near Hamilton Mill Road in Buford, wearing nothing but a T-shirt. A resident cornered Terrell behind a backyard fence and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Terrell reportedly told police he had used "ice," or crystal methamphetamine, earlier in the night and had no recollection of anything that had happened in the previous three days. A background check revealed he was a registered sex offender.

In August that year, Terrell pleaded guilty to public indecency. He was sentenced to two years of probation.

Jail records indicate Terrell has been arrested more than a dozen times in Gwinnett. He's scheduled for an April 12 probable cause hearing in the latest booking.

Gwinnett court records show Terrell pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery in September 2004, with five counts of child molestation being dropped. Records show the victim was under age 16 at the time.

Terrell served one year in jail, and has been on the Georgia Sex Offender Registry since.


kevin 3 years, 3 months ago

With a long rap sheet, how does the Gwinnett Sheriff/Police Chief, or whomever, let this guy out on the streets? I don't buy the excuse of jail overcrowding. Maybe this time they will lock him up and throw away the key. This says something about our criminal justice system that we keep throwing money at for what?


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