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2nd suspect ID'd in burglary foiled by boy

Damion Burnell

Damion Burnell

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police have identified a second suspect in a burglary foiled by a 10-year-old boy last month and another burglary nearby. They ask for public assistance in finding him.

The noontime burglary at a Lawrenceville home in the 2200 block of Halcyon Way fell apart when young resident Christopher King, waiting for his father to arrive home from work, heard the burglars break in, hid under his parents' bed and called 911.

Police arrived within 10 minutes, and after a brief foot chase caught one suspect, D'Andrew Green, 19. On a nearby street, officers stopped a second man named Damion Burnell, 20. He denied all knowledge of the burglary and his clothing did not match the description provided by the boy, police said.

"There was not enough evidence to hold him at the time," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Wednesday.

Police now believe Burnell was the second burglar. And the investigation has revealed that both men broke in an Arnold Mill home in an adjacent neighborhood that day using a similar M.O., Smith said.

Following media coverage of King's heroics, an anonymous tipster called police to say the second suspect was in fact Burnell, Smith said.

"The caller confirmed that Burnell and Greene knew each other and had been in each other's company around the time of the burglary," he said.

Greene was charged with burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Burnell has active warrants on burglary charges.

Police ask anyone with information on Burnell's whereabouts to call detectives at 770-513-5300.