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Published on July 28th, 2015 |

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Arrests made in Buckhead home invasion; man pulls gun in bar

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated with a second arrest as of 1 p.m. on July 29. The new information is attached at the front of the earlier story.)

Two Memphis men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a May 25 home invasion on Paces Ridge Road  in Buckhead, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday July 29.

Mario Deandre Jackson, 28, and Leon Scott, 25, were indicted on robbery, kidnapping and firearms crimes after police tracked a Crime Stoppers tip to Memphis and discovered evidence allegedly linking the men to the May 25 incident.

According to prosecutors, police discovered a wedding band allegedly stolen from the Buckhead home at a Memphis pawn shop with a tag linking the item to Scott. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time of Scott’s arrest that his cell phone was linked to one used by another person to call the victim’s home at 2 a.m. the morning after the robbery, though the victim was unable to understand what the person on the other end had said.

During a July 9 traffic stop, Georgia state troopers discovered Jackson allegedly in possession of two firearms reported stolen from other incidents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The robbers, allegedly including Scott and Jackson, broke into a home on Paces Ridge Road Northwest near Mount Paran Road at 9:30 p.m. on May 25.

(That concludes the new updated information. What follows is the original BuckheadView arrest story.)

Police have arrested Leon Scott of Memphis who they believe participated in one of the three home invasions that occurred in Buckhead since January after a tipster identified Scott as one of two men who returned to Memphis from Atlanta with items allegedly stolen from a Buckhead home May 25.

Investigators were able to link Scott’s cell phone number to the number used by another suspect to contact the homeowner following the incident and also discovered a pawn shop ticket in Scott’s name for a wedding ring allegedly stolen from the home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The robbers, allegedly including Scott, broke into a home on Paces Ridge Road Northwest near Mount Paran Road at 9:30 p.m. on May 25 and discovered a man, his wife, and their three children inside. The robbers allegedly covered the family’s heads with towels and held them at gunpoint while they pillaged the home.

One of the suspects took the man to an ATM and forced him to withdraw $200. The suspects allegedly warned the homeowner that they would return in a matter of hours and hurt his family if he did not have more money for them.

The May 25 home invasion shares similarities with invasions which occurred before and after it. A couple walked into a home on Randall Mill Road on the evening of Jan. 31 and discovered an armed man inside. The man forced the couple to surrender jewelry and other valuables, then made them get into a car.

The man sat in the back seat with the robbed woman, and forced the man to drive the car to an ATM on Northside Parkway. There, the robber made them withdraw cash from their bank accounts before dropping him off at a nearby street corner.

On June 21, two unidentified black males entered a home on Blackland Road and held two people inside the home at gunpoint while ransacking the home. Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said the thieves made off with jewelry, money, credit cards and a cell phone.

One of the victims later posted on Facebook that the invaders blindfolded them, threatened them with weapons, and said that they would kill the homeowners if they didn’t follow a set of instructions the invaders left behind.

Buckhead residents have put up a $25,000 reward for information that can lead police to the home invasion suspects.

Man charged with pulling gun in Buckhead bar
A man has been arrested and charged with pointing a gun at another after he waved a pistol inside the bar of the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead over the weekend.

The as-of-yet unidentified man pulled out the gun just after midnight Sunday, sending patrons to the deck. A local civil rights attorney who was at the hotel at the time told WSB-TV he saw an Atlanta police officer with his sidearm drawn who managed to get the man to drop his handgun without firing a shot.

The man faces additional charges of public drunkenness and aggravated assault, police told WSB-TV.

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