Arrest warrant issued for man in violent home invasion

Smyrna police are looking for a woman and two men they say robbed a home in Mableton on Monday. This video shows part of the alleged robbery.

An arrest warrant has been issued for one of three people caught on camera breaking into a Cobb County family’s home, according to police.

Ricky Grace, 24, of Dunwoody, was identified as one of two masked men who forced their way inside the Vinings Estates home after Amanda Tanks faked an emergency to carry out the March 26 invasion, Smyrna police Sgt. Louis Defense said Friday.

Ricky Grace, 24, of Dunwoody, was identified as one of two masked men who forced their way inside the Vinings Estates home after 19-year-old Amanda Tanks faked an emergency to carry out the March 26 invasion, Smyrna police Sgt. Louis Defense said Friday. (Credit: Smyrna Police Department)
Ricky Grace, 24, of Dunwoody, was identified as one of two masked men who forced their way inside the Vinings Estates home after 19-year-old Amanda Tanks faked an emergency to carry out the March 26 invasion, Smyrna police Sgt. Louis Defense said Friday. (Credit: Smyrna Police Department)

Tanks, 19, was arrested earlier this month after surveillance footage captured a woman asking for money for an abortion. Police believe the woman in the video is Tanks.

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The resident and her two children were home at the time and eventually opened the door, at which point Grace and an unidentified man broke in the home with guns, police said.

The woman and her children managed to escape to a neighbor’s house and call 911.

Grace and the other man are still at large, Defense said.

Smyrna and Dunwoody police detectives secured a search warrant for Grace’s home.

“The North Metro SWAT Team executed a ‘no knock’ search warrant on Mr. Grace’s home, which led to the arrest of two other subjects that were taken into custody for possession of illegal narcotics and a stolen firearm,” Defense said. “Mr. Grace was not at home at the time and is actively being sought.”

He is wanted on multiple charges, including first-degree residential burglary, aggravated assault with a weapon, false imprisonment and first-degree cruelty to children.

Grace is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, according to police.

Anyone with information about Grace’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Smyrna police at 770-434-6666.

Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000, by also contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.