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Police: Home invasion suspect arrested after climbing fence with handgun
Raahmil Brantley
Raahmil Brantley

A home invasion suspect climbed a fence with a handgun in Buford May 23 and tried to force his way into the home, police said.

Gwinnett County Police asked for help in finding the suspect Wednesday, who has been identified as Raahmil Brantley, 24. He was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday and was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he has no bond.

The victim was feeding his dog in the backyard of his Lanier Springs Drive home when the suspect climbed the fence.

“The victim immediately ran inside,” Cpl. Deon Washington wrote in a news release. “After locking the sliding glass door, he held it closed as the suspect tried to open the door.”

The victim and his daughter ran out of the home seeking help, as the suspect was seen picking up a metal hose, police said.

“He left with what he thought to be a box of valuables, but it turned out it was a box of Vietnamese food,” Washington said.

A neighbor called 911 and spotted the suspect running through the victim’s backyard and fleeing the scene, police said.

“Detectives later identified Brantley as the suspect and developed the probable cause to obtain arrest warrants,” Washington wrote. “It is not clear why the victim was targeted.”

Washington said Brantley allegedly dropped his phone during his escape, which led investigators to pursue him as a suspect.