Published on June 23rd, 2015 |1
Police investigating a third Buckhead home invasion on Sunday
According to police, one of the victims in this latest incident was in his garage when the criminals struck, forcing him inside at gunpoint and awakening his sleeping girlfriend.
“These two individuals snuck up on him, took him in the house, awakened his girlfriend, threw them in a closet, threatened their lives while they ransacked the house,” said Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon.
Police said at least one of the victims was assaulted; both were left in the closet and told to count to 300 before coming out.
Investigators are now trying to determine whether this latest crime is connected to three earlier home invasions, all with a similar sequence of events—thieves breaking into homes while families are inside, holding couples, and sometimes young children, at gunpoint.
The first occurred on January 31 when thieves hit a home on Randall Mill Road in north Buckhead. The second Buckhead incident happened on Paces Ridge Rd. in May. Police have said the January and May incidents are related. Last Thursday, thieves entered a Roswell home, again threatening the couple inside.
(To read BuckheadView’s story on the earlier Buckhead home invasions, click here,)
Unlike the first three incidents, in this latest case the suspects did not force the homeowners to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash. “Maybe, for whatever reason, they didn’t want to risk it. Maybe it’s a different group,” Lyon said.
Officials have released a description of the suspects in the first three cases: two black men, one tall and slim with short dreadlocks, the other stocky and clean-shaven with a mohawk. Investigators are now working to determine if these latest suspects match that same description.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward in the first two cases, funds posted by Buckhead individuals and organizations.