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Man shot in Norcross home invasion Friday afternoon


NORCROSS, GA (WXIA) – A Norcross man was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in Downtown Atlanta after he was shot during a home invasion Friday afternoon.

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Gwinnett County Police detectives were canvassing the neighborhood, hoping to find information about what happened.

Police said the man was shot once, but would not identify the victim of the shooting. Before he was taken to the hospital, he was able to tell investigators that two men walked into his home, their faces covered with bandanas.

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Arrest made, victim identified in Peachtree Corners murder


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PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have made an arrest in a early morning murder in Peachtree Corners on Friday.

Rickey Williams, 36, of Peachtree Corners has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault for the death of Lynett Karim, 29, also of Peachtree Corners.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at the Highland Lakes Apartments on Ashley Lakes Drive, just off Jones Mill Road.

Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to the complex after receiving a 911 call about a fight in the parking lot. Gunshots were fired during the call, according to investigators.

Debit card fraud suspect caught on camera at QuikTrip


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are working to identify the woman accused of using a stolen debit card at several businesses in the Peachtree Corners area.

The card was reported stolen May 19. The victim told police it was taken from her car, which was parked outside her Poplar Spring Court home.

Shortly after the theft, someone used the card at a QuikTrip on Peachtree Corners Circle, a McDonald's on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and a CVS on Peachtree Parkway.

Cameras inside the QuikTrip captured images of a suspect. Police described her as a woman who may be white, Hispanic or light-skinned black. She left the convenience store in a silver four-door BMW sedan with a sunroof.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5342 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Suspect robbed and sexually assaulted store employee


NORCROSS, Ga -- There is a sense of urgency for Gwinnett County Police to find a suspect who robbed a title store, but took his violence one step further by sexually assaulted the female employee.

The 62-year old employee was all alone inside the Title Easy store on busy Jimmy Carter Boulevard when the suspect walked in at about 4:30PM on Wednesday. The robbery was captured on the store's surveillance cameras and shows the suspect walking in with a calm, confident demeanor, like he had done it before.

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As he walked up to the employee he racked what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun,
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said Cpl. Deon Washington.

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Barber attacked at Gwinnett Co. barbershop


PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Police said a barber was attacked at a barbershop in Gwinnett County on Thursday.

According to Gwinnett County Police, the incident happened at the Mane Priority (MP) Barber Shop at 7050 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Peachtree Corners around 12:30 p.m. Four barbers were with clients when four to five men ran into the business at attacked one of the barbers.

Man found dead in Norcross pond identified


NORCROSS, Ga. -- Police now know the identity of a man found dead in a submerged SUV in Norcross on Thursday. But what is still unknown is exactly how the accident happened.

Wednesday morning, Gwinnett County Police identified the victim as 29-year-old Jose James Contreras. The Mexican Consulate helped investigators notify Contreras' family in Mexico of his death.

Contreras was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is still under investigation and police do not yet know why the vehicle left the roadway. The exact time frame of the incident is also still being processed.

Gwinnett County emergency personnel pulled the submerged vehicle and body from a Norcross, Ga. pond around 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11.

Police department officials said the vehicle and body were found off of Oakbrook Parkway near Indian Trail and Lilburn Road.

BMW-driving purse snatcher arrested in Gwinnett


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A man accused of stealing a woman's purse at a Gwinnett County Walmart was arrested shortly after committing the crime.

John Samuel Simmonds, 25, is charged with robbery by sudden snatching.

Witnesses said he grabbed the purse from a customer at the Walmart in the 4900 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard on June 11. The victim was placing groceries on the check-out conveyor belt when it happened.

Two witnesses chased the suspect into the parking lot. They watched him get into a black BMW and speed away. One witness memorized the car's license plate number and gave it to police.

The suspect lost his shoes while running from the store. Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said the shoes were collected and placed into evidence.