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S. Fayette resident subdues armed home invader, wife injured jumping from window

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on March 10 arrested one man for a home invasion robbery at a residence on Price Road in south Fayette County.

Decatur resident Demetrius Valdez Mitchell, 38, has been charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and burglary, said sheriff’s spokesman Brent Rowan.

Mitchell is currently in the Fayette County Jail where he is awaiting a bond, Rowan said.

Rowan said the incident occurred when a male suspect forced entry through the front door of the residence displaying a hand gun. The homeowner, who is an Atlanta business owner, and his wife retreated to a bedroom while the armed invader confronted the homeowner’s brother, Rowan said.

Rowan said the robber struck the homeowner’s brother knocking him to the ground. The robber next taped the homeowner’s brother’s hands behind his back and then demanded money, said Rowan.

Rowan said the homeowner’s wife jumped from the bedroom window where she injured her foot while trying to escape.

The homeowner returned from the bedroom and confronted the armed invader, Rowan said, adding that the homeowner was able to subdue the robber until Fayette County deputies arrived.

After the incident, the suspect was transported to a local hospital for injuries he received during the confrontation with the homeowner, said Rowan. The suspect was treated and released to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The homeowner’s wife was also transported to a local hospital for an injury to her foot, said Rowan. She was also treated and released.



This is why every home should have a gun!

Cyclist's picture

<strong>The homeowner returned from the bedroom and confronted the armed invader, Rowan said, adding that the homeowner was able to subdue the robber until Fayette County deputies arrived.</strong>

<strong>After the incident, the suspect was transported to a local hospital for injuries he received during the confrontation with the homeowner, said Rowan. The suspect was treated and released to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.</strong>

This homeowner must be one mean dude to confront an armed intruder and then beat this lowlife to the point that he had to be transported to a local hospital. Give that homeowner a medal.

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10-4 on that--think I would have been in the trigger-pulling mode!

dawn69's picture

Many of these young punks (and yes, I'm considering 38 young - wink wink) just don't get it that you men in the older generation are a different breed of manhood than they are. Word to the wise, if you're going to try to "size" someone up before attacking - ask yourself, punk, could this man have fought in a war. Two words: Grand Torino.

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Too bad the homeowner didn't use a gun to shoot and kill the miserable piece of trash. Now we'll have to feed and clothe ol' Demetrius for the next 20-30 years.

NinaLynn's picture

Yes,now we have to pay for Demetrius to be fed and taken care of each day.Maybe the word will get out not to mess with people from Fayetteville! Glad the homeowner was able to hold the jerk until the P.D. showed up.

I have known this "piece of trash" all my life. This act (if he commited it)was very out of character for him and his family is at a lost right now trying to come up with an explanation. He is not a hoodlum from the ghetto, or a street thug. Demetrius is a working man, with a daughter he practically raised on his own, and a grandchild. He has a loving family. No one understands what makes a person do certain things. And this was without a doubt a horrific experience for everyone involved. No one should ever have to go through something like that. But please don't be so quick to judge. Let the law pass judgement on him.

I am constantly amazed at the posters who come out of nowhere to preach to the rest of us about judging. I will tell you one thing I am sure of: the victims have my sympathy...not this scum.

This crime involved some of the worst acts one human can commit against another. There is not an explanation you can give me that would change my mind about him on why he did this. As for the innocent until guilty thing, I will gladly come back and apologize if he is indeed innocent. Fat chance on that happening.

Ya know what, I have a sneaking suspicion that he knew the homeowner somehow. I don't live far from the scene of the crime and you just don't accidentally wind up there on a tour of neighborhoods. Also, what happened to the brother who reportedly was assaulted? Tellya what, if that happens at my house and I make it back to the bedroom, there will most likely be gunpowder in the air and GSR on my hands for sure!

I wasn't making excuses. I'm just saying no one really knows what happen in that house except the people that were there or even the events that led up to it. Everyone is so quick to pass judgement and alot of times when the real story comes out, it is nothing like what was first reported. Every incident is merely a he say she say until evidence starts to come into play. It is ignorant to prejudge. Don't act like the law has never been wrong before. Heck some of you posting on this site have probably been wrongly accused or caught up in a situation before. That's all I'm saying.

The Wedge's picture

found myself in a complete stranger's house, while brandishing a weapon. These are simple reporting facts. I cannot see myself in this situation. I certainly can see myself jobless and hungry-especially if our country inissts on printing money willy nilly, but I have hope and I have a desire to be lawful and moral. It is a far cry to talk of a Decatur man finding himself in a stranger's house and involved in these types of allegations. Maybe this can all be explained as this dude was a very aggressive Amway of Mon Avie salesman and things just got a little out of hand. Am I being "open minded" now?

No just slightly rediculous. Obviously there is more to this story than what is being told. It is highly unlikely that a man from Decatur would find himself alllll the way out in Fayette county at this particular home, with this particular family, after this one particular man. Even a child could see that story has quite a few question marks. And why hasn't this "victim" spoken out. I do believe that the poor home owner and his wife (whether law abiding or not) were caught up in the middle of something that they have nothing to do with. But I do not believe this was a random, violent act. Whatever happen in this home had to be personal and I believe your beloved Fayette county streets are still safe. (well except for the molesting cops in the paper).

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that there is more to the story. But I doubt if it would be exonerating to the Decatur man. What is more likely is criminal activity by more than the arrested person in this story. So, the chances of the arrested Decatur man of being an innocent rube is pretty remote. So perhaps he is merely confirming the fact that there is no honor among thieves.

trust me - our "beloved Fayette County streets" haven't been safe in years, thanks to residents who come here from other counties.

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Doesn't sound like you're open minded, how's this sound, hey Demetrius, come on down to the house, and when you're done pistol whipping my brother, I'll subdue you and hold you for the cops. It'll be a great night of fun. When his family comes up with that explanation, or you come up with it, by all means post it here, we need the laughs.

I yam what I yam

I got to watch them put the 23 staples in his head at the hospital. it was great to watch.

I hope he knew the homeowner, otherwise this is doubly scary. I live around the corner and wonder if this is a new trend. We don't have subdivisions out here and therefore your neighbors can't hear you scream. Now I feel that I have to make my middle school kid go with me when I make a run to the store. I used to babysit when I was her age, but I'm now scared to leave her in the house by herself. That's pathetic, isn't it?

I'm afraid there is more to this story than has been released. The homeowners are not unfamiliar to local law enforcement.

Unfortunately, we probably won't hear the outcome.

Remember the "Atlanta business owner" in January who was followed home and robbed in his own cul-de-sac? I wonder if this is the same guy. A lot of posters figured that there had to be more to the story because it sounded so fishy.

Regardless on how this family may be less-than-upstanding, it was still private property, and crimes were committed. I agree with AtHomeGym with the thought that the brother may have something to do with this.

The article didn't say who the homeowners are. I suspect you know plenty more than I do. If you live or work nearby, stay safe and aware.

mjm1204's picture

The overwhelming majority of home invasions are not random and the residents are usually involved in some sort of illegal activity.

Based on this story, there is definitely more to the story regarding his brother.

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Too much missing here. The Public wants to know:

Victims names (you released name of the perp)
Time of day/night of the incident
Specific address of the crime scene (not just Price Rd)
Just what was the firearm displayed? Wasit recovered?
Did the perp & victim(s) know each other?

As printed the story is incomplete. Help us out here. Thanks.

Cal Beverly's picture

Call 'em up and try to improve on what we did.

We give you what they gave us late Friday afternoon.

When everybody gets back to work (and returns phone calls), maybe we'll have a little more for you.

Cal Beverly
The Citizen
Fayetteville, Ga. 30214

all we can ask for. Thanks for your reply. I think more info would perhaps put some other homeowners in the vicinity more at ease. At least we would know if they were acquainted, that we don't have prospective mutts coming here and just picking a home at random.

NUK_1's picture

FCSO is no different than most government agencies in that they don't have to release information under the Open Records Act of GA for 3 business days, and in some cases, longer, especially if they can state it's "an ongoing investigation.". Usually, the unwritten rule is to drag it out as long as possible and force lawyers to enter the picture before they release what is supposed to be "public information." I'm not faulting the FCSO on this as most government/agencies use the exact the same approach.

In reading this article, I came to the following conclusion (speculation) of what may have occurred.
- This was not a random break in. The perp knew who was in the house.
- He came specifically after the brother of the homeowner who probably owed him money.
- He never chased the homeowner and his wife when they went into the bedroom.
- I'd guess the Sheriff is looking into the background of the homeowner and the brother right now with keen interest.

Hmmm, lets see... with the name "Demetrius Valdez Mitchell" I'm assuming he was either Chinese, Pakistani or black. (wonder if he was wearing a "hoodie" and baggie pants down to his knees?)

Not the papers fault, but see where we go when not enough detail is provided?

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