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2 indicted for Buckhead home invasion

ATLANTA-- Two Memphis men have been indicted in connection with a string of violent home invasions in Buckhead.

Leon Scott, 25, and Mario Deandre Jackson, 28, face robbery, kidnapping and firearms charges. They're accused of breaking into a home on Paces Ridge in Buckhead May 25 and terrorizing a family.

According to the US Attorney John Horn, Jackson was arrested July 9 when Georgia State Patrol officers pulled over the car in which he was a passenger. Two guns reported stolen during other robberies were found in the vehicle.

"[Jackson and Scott] allegedly traveled to Georgia from outside the state for the purpose of robbing the family, and forcing them at gunpoint to remove money from an ATM and to turn over other valuables, including a wedding band," Horn said in a written statement.

According to an affidavit for a federal arrest warrant obtained July 23, a tipster led federal investigators to a man named Leon Scott from Memphis.

The tipster said Scott and another man "had recently returned from a trip to Atlanta with shoes, handbags and a men's wedding band."

Investigators said the items matched things stolen from a family at their upscale home on Paces Ridge on May 25.

Also stated in the affidavit is that police found a pawn ticket for the wedding band with Scott's name on it.

The owner of the ring reportedly looked at a picture of it and "confirmed…it was his wedding band taken during the robbery."

There's another key piece of evidence investigators found with Scott. They said his cell phone was the same one used to call the victims during and after the home invasion.

No one is happier to hear that two men have been nabbed as prime suspects in this summer's Buckhead home invasions than Sam Massell. He heads up the Buckhead Coalition.

"These were heinous crimes. There were three in Buckhead and we were told it might be the same people as in other cities," said Massell.

The home invasions began in January when two armed men violently broke into a home on Randall Mill Road.

A similar robbery occurred May 25 on Paces Ridge, and there was another on Blackland Road.

Two suspects with an almost identical routine broke into a home on Annie Cook Way in Roswell.

The crimes sparked fear and frustration as neighbors felt the victims might have been targeted and watched for weeks before the robberies.

Massell said he's not surprised it was a tipster who provided a break in the case. After learning that the crimes were possibly the work of the same people, the Buckhead Coalition put up a $5,000 reward for information. The Atlanta Police Foundation followed by adding $25,000.

"We don't know if that's what triggered the tip yet, but we hope it did. We don't mind paying for that to get results," Massell said.