Police hope ATM photos lead to robbers' arrests

NORCROSS - Gwinnett police are hunting for three suspects who reportedly kidnapped and robbed a mechanic in a Norcross apartment in late December.

They've obtained surveillance images that could help the cause.

The victim, David Flores, 28, told police two black men and a woman tied him up and threatened to kill him, then robbed him of his cell phone, bank cards and $600 in cash, according to a Gwinnett police report. Flores suffered minor injuries in the Dec. 27 incident.

The suspects were apparently privy to Flores' occupation.

According to the report, someone called Flores and asked him to come fix a vehicle at a 2232 Rockbridge Court residence in Norcross.

Once he arrived, the suspects pulled Flores inside and bound him with a rope, demanding he offer the PIN numbers to his bank account or else he would be killed.

Flores told police the woman left the apartment. When she returned, he said, the suspects untied him and told him to run before they killed him.

Flores fled and called 911 from a nearby residence. Witnesses saw two black men running from the Rockbridge Court apartment.

Police contacted the property manager, who supplied them with the tenants' information.

Another witness said they left the area in a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria.

Flores described his three captors as follows:

· A black man between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, wearing khaki clothes with a black mask. He carried a silver, semi-automatic handgun.

· A Hispanic man who spoke Spanish, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 190 pounds. He wore khaki clothes, a black mask and had a large, banana-shaped knife.

· A woman about 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 175 and 200 pounds, wearing all black with black boots and straight hair to her shoulders. She carried a sword.

"A search warrant executed at the time yielded some of the weapons described by the victim" but the robbers remain at large, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Police urge anyone who recognizes the female suspect or has information about the robbery to call police at 770-513-5300.