Indiana fugitive nabbed in Duluth

DULUTH - A man wanted in Indiana on robbery and other charges was captured Tuesday morning in Duluth.

Authorities received a tip that John Madison Lewis, 29, was in the area earlier this week. Lewis was taken into custody at Prescott Apartments, where he had been staying with a cousin for about a week, said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

When the Sheriff's Special Warrant Service team moved in to arrest Lewis, he allegedly tried to run into a wooded area. Authorities chased him and transported him to Gwinnett County Detention Center to await extradition.

Lewis had outstanding warrants for two counts of robbery, two counts of parole violation, failure to appear and escape in Fort Wayne, Ind. Police there are also in the process of securing a warrant against Lewis for bank robbery.

Woman charged

in real estate fraud

LAWRENCEVILLE - A licensed real estate broker has been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme.

Lauramae Gabbidon allegedly used the identity of a man from Sparks, Nev., to buy a residential property in Gwinnett County. Gabbidon reportedly sold her own home to the victim's identity and used the money to pay off her mortgages and liens. She also netted more than $11,000 in profit from the sale, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for Gwinnett police.

A man who impersonated the victim at a real estate closing remains unidentified. Additional arrests are possible, Moloney said.

Men rob hotel

DULUTH - Four men on Thursday robbed the Days Inn at 1920 Pleasant Hill Road.

The men all wore black clothing, bandannas or masks and gloves when they barged into the lobby at about 2:25 a.m. and confronted the hotel manager, according to a police report. One of the robbers brandished a gun and forced the manager behind the reception desk to open the cash drawer.

Another robber pulled a security camera out of the ceiling. The suspects fled through the main entrance. All were described as black men under 20 years of age, the police report stated.

Home invaders

rob Tucker family

TUCKER - Three men on Thursday broke into a home on Little John Drive and robbed a family at gunpoint, according to a police report.

A married couple was asleep in an upstairs bedroom at 2 a.m. when the wife awoke to the sound of a loud crash. When they opened their bedroom door to investigate, three men armed with a pistol came in the bedroom and shouted, "Where's the safe at? Where's the money?" a police report stated.

A daughter was able to use her cell phone to call 911 before she and her brother were rounded up and brought into the master bedroom with their parents. The suspects bound the victims' hands with duct tape while ransacking the house.

Police officers arrived as the men were coming out of the house, and the robbers ran away. Several of the men dropped items they were carrying, and they also left behind a gray Dodge Magnum with the engine still running in the driveway.

The victims told police they suspected someone who installed a satellite dish at their home about a month prior to the robbery may have been involved because the intruders seemed to be familiar with the interior of the house.

- From staff reports