Public Safety

Published on June 5th, 2015 |


Buckhead residents offer $25,000 reward in home invasion cases

Following the earlier lead by the Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead residents are putting up a $25,000 reward for information that can lead police to a group of home invasion suspects who have set up in the area. The Coalition had earlier offered a $5,000 reward in the cases.

The reward was established in the aftermath of two allegedly related home invasions and robberies in the northern part of Buckhead—the first in January and the second in May. For earlier BuckheadView stories on these crime, click here and here.

In the first case, a couple walked into their home on Randall Mill Road on the evening of Jan. 31 and discovered an armed man inside. The man forced the couple to give him jewelry and other valuables and then made them get into a car, according to a report by WSB-TV.

The perpetrator sat in the back seat with the woman victim, and forced the male victim to drive 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, WSB-TV reported.

While exiting the vehicle, the robber’s skull cap got stuck inside the door and was left in the vehicle. Police have recovered the vehicle and the skull cap and are hoping there is some evidence that can point them to a suspect.

In the second case, CBS Atlanta reports that the robbers 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 heads of the family members with towels and held them at gunpoint while pillaging the home.

One of the suspects took the male victim to an ATM and forced him to withdraw $200, according to an 11 Alive TV report. The suspects allegedly warned the homeowner that they would return in a matter of hours and would hurt his family if he did not have more money for them.

According to reports, the homeowner told police that he recognized one of the suspects. Police describe the suspects as black males, one standing between 6’ and 6’3”, and the other standing between 5’8” and 5’10”. Both were wearing white Nikes, police told reporters.

WSB-TV reports that the stocky suspect is reported to have a short Mohawk haircut, while the thinner suspect has short dreadlocks and a light goatee.

Police are hopeful that the suspects’ faces were caught on the ATM’s surveillance camera, and are asking nearby residents and businesses to check their surveillance camera tapes to see if they caught any of the suspects in action.

According to the APD Zone 2 report made June 2 to the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B board, the Paces Ridge Court case has been turned over to a federal agency for investigation because the city does not have capability to track cell phone locations between towers. It was also reported that police have several leads in the case.

People who have information on either case are asked to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477), texting “CSA Tip” to CRIMES (274637), to submit a tip here. All tips can be made anonymously.


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