After more than a year and a half of working to identify two suspects connected to a home invasion that resulted in the death of a third suspect, Gwinnett police have arrested and charged an Atlanta man with murder.
Bernard Eugene Little, 35, was arrested on March 29 and charged with felony murder and armed robbery for the Sept. 16, 2016 home invasion on Spring Drive, which occurred near the DeKalb County line in unincorporated Gwinnett County.
Police said Wednesday that though Little did not pulled the trigger — a woman who was staying in the burglarized home shot 28-year-old Atlanta resident Antonio Leeks after he, Little and one other man entered her home with guns at around 4 a.m. — Georgia law states that “a person commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he or she causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice.”
While the third suspect has yet to be identified, the arrest comes as a win for detectives, who previously deemed the suspects to be “armed and dangerous.”
Officials said at the time of the shooting that officers arrived at the home just before 4 a.m. after a woman called 911 saying the men, who were armed with guns, entered the home.
“Someone (came) in my house,” the woman told a 911 dispatcher after the suspects fled. “I don’t know how they (came) in … They’ve got a gun.”
Home surveillance video also shows the woman, an Asian business owner in the restaurant and seafood industry, shooting at the suspects as they fled the house.
Police said previously that she was staying at the Spring Drive home because it was convenient for business. The video shows the home was filled with business supplies, including several boxes and packages of what appeared to be paper towel or toilet paper rolls.
The third suspect in the home invasion is described as a black male, 6 feet tall with a thin build and facial hair.
At the time of the crime, he was wearing a white baseball cap, dark colored pants and dark colored athletic shoes with reflective symbol.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked contact detectives at 770-513-5300.
To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org and reference case numbers 16086725 and 16086732.