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Authorities investigating carjacking, robbery

NORCROSS - Gwinnett police are investigating a bizarre chain of events in which several armed men allegedly forced two passengers out of an SUV, stripped them of their pants and stowed the men in the trunk while they vandalized the vehicle in a neighboring county.

The Good Friday incident - which involved armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, and kidnapping - began at a stop sign at the intersection of Harbins Road and Pirkle Road in Norcross and ended in a DeKalb County apartment complex.

There, the men removed the driver and passenger door panels of the white 2002 Chevy Avalanche, according to the police report, and later fled via another vehicle.

The victims were uninjured.

Authorities say the 19-year-old driver and his 24-year-old passenger - both of Norcross - were forced out of the SUV at a stop sign by two medium-built black males who flanked each side of the vehicle and pointed handguns. They were ordered by the men to remove their pants.

A third black male - described as 6 feet, 2 inches, 190 pounds - rummaged through the clothes and removed the wallets of the men. They were then forced to squat in the trunk area of the SUV as the suspects drove the truck to DeKalb County, according to the police report.

In DeKalb, the thieves removed the SUV's door panels in a parking lot of an undetermined apartment complex.

About an hour later, the victims were instructed out of the trunk and walked to a wooded area near the complex and told to lie on their faces.

The trio fled in a white Chevy Impala.

Police recovered a black Nextel cellular phone near the wooded area that belongs to one of the assailants, the report states.