Public Safety

Published on May 27th, 2015 |


Robbers hold Buckhead family hostage as they steal money

Atlanta Police are searching for a pair of black males they say took a Buckhead family hostage on Monday night, ransacked their house, forced the man to withdraw cash from an ATM and threatened to return to the home to steal more money.

According to CBS Atlanta, the robbers broke into the home on Paces Ridge Road Northwest (near Mount Paran Road) Monday between 9 and 9:30 p.m. and discovered a man, his wife, and their three children inside. The robbers allegedly covered the heads of the family members with towels and held them at gunpoint while pillaging their home.

The north Buckhead home where the family was held hostage and robbed.

The north Buckhead home where the family was held hostage and robbed.

Police describe the suspects as black males, one standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches, and the other standing between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Both reportedly were wearing white Nike shoes, according to police.

The incident happened at a $3-million, 6,400-square-foot home on Paces Ridge Road, a short street off Mt. Paran Road in north Buckhead.

“The victim stated two gunmen entered their home from an unlocked door,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said. “Once inside, the suspects immediately ran upstairs, where the family was located, and placed some type of towel over their faces.”

The armed robbers searched the house for an unknown amount of jewelry, then one of the suspects “escorted the victim to a bank ATM and forced him to withdraw $200 while the other suspect stayed behind at the house with the family,” Jones said.

After withdrawing the money, the victim, who told police he owns a business that sells gift cards, was brought back to his house and given “verbal instructions to follow,” according to Jones.

The victim told police that the robbers “demanded more money by morning and threatened to harm his family if demands were not met,” Jones said.

Police Tuesday morning were still searching for the two gunmen, who fled after returning the victim to his home.

The homeowner reportedly told police that he recognized one of the suspects, 11 Alive News reported.

Police are hopeful that the suspects’ faces were caught on the ATM’s surveillance camera.
If you have information on this case, please contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477), texting “CSA Tip” to CRIMES (274637), or by submitting a tip online. All tips can be made anonymously.

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