Police: Gunmen plunder homes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A team of rifle-wielding robbers in bulletproof vests posed as police while raiding two Lawrenceville homes in a search for drugs and cash, witnesses told police.

The robberies happened late Sunday night in the Yorktown subdivision between Old Norcross and Lawrenceville-Suwanee roads. Twelve people, including three children, were held at gunpoint in two neighboring homes on Lexington Drive, according to police reports.

One victim, a 36-year-old man, was bashed in the head with a firearm but declined medical transport. No other injuries were reported.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said Tuesday no arrests have been made.

Victims told police the robbers kicked in their back doors and simultaneously plundered the homes, communicating with each other via shoulder radios. One man whose family was told to lay face down said the men carried rifles and handguns.

The gunmen inquired about "the drugs" and threatened to return and kill the family if they contacted police, the report says. They left one home with $2,000 cash, the other with an assortment of wallets, cell phones and a 32-inch plasma television.

Victims told police the gunmen spoke in an El Salvadorian dialect. They were last seen fleeing the homes in a dark-colored SUV.

Responding police found no signs of drug activity at the residences.