Update: Arrest made in home invasion homicide in Gwinnett County


Terrence Lee. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department.

Gwinnett Police Department have arrested and charged a Conyers man in the Aug. 2, 2018 home invasion murder of a 27-year-old Snellville area man. Terrence Darnell Lee, 32, has been charged with the homicide on Grand Manor Trail in unincorporated Snellville.

According to GCPD, hortly after the murder, a red Dodge Journey was seen leaving the area on a privately owned personal security camera.  Lee was developed as a person of interest who had access to the vehicle during the time of the homicide. He was subsequently arrested on Aug. 9 on a probation warrant and booked with no bond while detectives continued the investigation, which ultimately let to information linking him to the murder as well as other crimes around the area.

“On Aug. 14, Terrence was formally charged in relation to three separate crimes in Gwinnett County.  In reference to the homicide, Terrence was charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Home Invasion, and Use of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon,” Cpl. Michele Pihera, public information officer with GCPD said in a press release.

In addition, Lee has been charged withe armed robbery, home invasion, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony in relation to a home invasion that occurred at 3535 Grand Manor Trail in unincorporated Snellville on July 28 as well as an armed robbery that occurred at 4183 Moonbeam Way in unincorporated Snellville on July 29. In that case he is facing warrants for two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Pihera said based on all these investigations, Lee also is a suspect in cases in Hillsboro County (FL), Rockdale County, and the city of Snellville and possibly other cases that could result in additional charges.

“The arrest of Terrence Lee was made due to the dedication of the Criminal Investigations Section, the Uniform Division, and other valuable units,” Pihera said. “Terrence targeted innocent people and created a fear within members of the community.  His arrest should help ease the minds of those living in the southern end of Gwinnett County.”

Initial Story

Gwinnett County Police Department reports it is believed that a home invasion was responsible for the shooting death of a 27-year-old Gwinnett County man at 3550 Grand Manor Trail in the unincorporated Snellville area early on the morning of Aug. 2, 2018. Police responded to the location, which is between the cities of Loganville and Snellville, at 4:17 a.m.

“The suspect made entry into the residence by prying the screen off of an open window.  At this time, detectives are looking into any and all calls in the area of this crime to see if there are any similarities or useful information that could be related,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles, Gwinnett county public information officer, said in a press release. “I can also confirm that on July 28 there was a home invasion that occurred in the same neighborhood that had similar characteristics. Out of an abundance of caution, we are reminding citizens to fully secure their homes by locking all doors and windows.”

If anyone has seen or heard of any incidents they think may be related or has any information in this case, they are asked to call Gwinnett Police detectives at 770-513-5300.  Also, if anyone sees any suspicious persons or activity in the area, they are asked to call 9-1-1. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.


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