A man from Raleigh and another from Knightdale face several charges after frightening a Knightdale family early Tuesday morning.
Gimel Alexander Smith, 22, of 716 S. East St., Raleigh, and Derrick Alonzo Parker, 22, of 829 Maurepas Drive, Knightdale, are charged with attempted first degree burglary and drug violations.
Residents of a home in the 1000 block of Stamford Green Drive called police about 1:30 a.m. to report two men at their front door. The men reportedly rang the door bell and left, and Knightdale police were unable to locate the men when they arrived and searched the area.
Police say the men returned the residence, however, about 3:30 a.m. and tried to force their way through the same door. After another phone call from the residents, police found the suspects driving away from the property.
During a stop of the vehicle, police noticed a smell of marijuana. A search of the vehicle turned up prescription pills, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.
“This sort of thing is unusual and troubling,” said Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps. “This family has young children at home, and Princeton Manor is a safe, quiet neighborhood. Because the family called right away, we were able to catch the suspects quickly.”
Beyond the attempted burglary and possession of prescription drugs charges he and Parker face, Smith was also charged with possession of cocaine, simple marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or distribute controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.