Burglars shot at a resident who caught them in the middle of a midnight home invasion Feb. 13 on Hunters Trace Circle in Sandy Springs, close to the Dunwoody border. The resident was not injured and an Atlanta man was charged in connection to the crime later that day.

Demarco Parham of Atlanta faces charges of home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, according to the Sandy Springs Police Department. Warrants have been issued to also charge Parham with a Feb. 12 burglary on nearby Lisa Lane, according to Sandy Springs Police, who say they and Atlanta Police are investigating him further. In addition, police say they have identified an unnamed second suspect in the Hunters Trace Circle home invasion.

Demarco Parham of Atlanta in a Sandy Springs Police mugshot following his arrest on charges related to the Feb. 13 home invasion.

According to a police report about the Feb. 13 incident, a married couple in the house in the 6800 block of Hunters Trace Circle were awoken just before midnight by an alarm system notifying them that the basement door was opened. They then heard people in the house “shuffling furniture” and their dogs barked or growled.

The husband went downstairs with a baseball bat. He went out of the front door to see the suspects stealing the couple’s Jeep. One of the suspects fired a gun at the husband and missed. The husband went back inside and looked out a window. The suspects fired three more shots toward him, again missing. The suspects then drove off into Dunwoody with the Jeep, which police later recovered.

The burglars also stole two TVs, a wallet, a purse and a U.S. permanent residency card, according to the police report.

The husband was not wearing his glasses, according to the police report. The exact number of suspects was not reported and the description consists only of black males, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the crime can contact the Sandy Springs Police Department at 770-551-6900.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.