2 brothers arrested after alleged attempted home invasion caught on camera

Two brothers were arrested Monday for allegedly trying to break into a house in southeast Atlanta last week, police said.

Demarcus Grier, 31, and Desmond Grier, 23, were taken into custody after Atlanta police heard gunshots near Oakland Drive and Campbellton Road on Monday night. Officers had previously identified them as the suspects in the attempted break-in and put out warrants for their arrest.

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Police believe they tried to break into a house on Farrington Avenue on Oct. 1 while a family slept inside. The family’s Ring doorbell system caught two men on camera on the porch. Video shows one man kicking the door, while the other stands next to him with a gun.

They also attempted to get in through a window, police said. They were not able to get in and eventually walked away.

Both were charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted burglary and damage to property in the second degree. Desmond Grier was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, firearm possession by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine, since he allegedly had cocaine on him when he was arrested.

“We are extremely happy to have these suspects off our streets and we are proud of the work our investigators and officers put into this case,” Atlanta police said.

The Griers were taken to the Fulton County Jail. The suspects appeared in court Tuesday and neither was granted bond. Their next court date is scheduled for Oct. 23.

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