NORCROSS - Neighbors in a Norcross trailer park avoided a home Tuesday night where police say a heinous series of crimes occurred a day prior.
The yellow-sided home sat dark and vacant-looking, a plastic "For Sale" sign taped to the porch, as rain dumped on the winding, cluttered enclave that borders a junkyard.
Police believe three Hispanic men entered the residence - located off Buford Highway in the Norcross Village Mobile Home Park - and tied up several people, robbed a man and repeatedly raped a woman.
"It's terrible," said Efren Belle, 33, a father of two who lives next door. "Sometimes I see guns around here. I lock my doors every night - it's better to be safe."
According to Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman, three Hispanic men entered the residence about 9:30 p.m. Monday, demanding money from the 50-year-old man, 40-year-old woman and three teenage boys who lived there.
Armed with handguns and a rifle, the men reportedly tied up the residents and beat the 50-year-old man. Spellman said each man raped the 40-year-old woman before taking money and several items from the home and fleeing.
Police said the teenage boys were not harmed.
Melody Allen, 17, is friends with one of those teenagers, she says. Allen has lived in the mostly Hispanic neighborhood for seven years, where she said signs of trouble are out of the ordinary.
"It's quiet. There's never been no violence or nothing," said Allen. "Usually, it's just kids playing."
Police said a neighbor took the man and woman to a local hospital where authorities were called about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Spellman said the pair's injuries were not life-threatening.
Spellman declined to release the name of the hospital where the man and women were admitted, in order to help protect them while their attackers are at large.
"Right now, there aren't a whole lot of details," Spellman said of the incident. "We don't know how they got into the house, we don't know the relationship, we just don't know."
The Hispanic suspects were described as wearing khaki pants with pullover shirts. They were seen traveling in an extended-cab, white Silverado pick-up truck with chrome tubing along the bottom.
Allen, who attends Faith Academy, said her mother broke news of the attack to her Tuesday morning.
"I was kind of scared," said Allen. "I was like, 'I'm going to keep my doors locked.'"
Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call Gwinnett County Criminal Investigations at 770-513-5300 or the Crime Tip Line at 770-513-5390.