Woman injured in home invasion

LILBURN -- A Lilburn woman was hospitalized with minor injuries after an armed man invaded her home Tuesday morning and forced her around, police said.

The victim, who police did not identify, was able to call 911, causing the suspect to flee the Jackson's Mill Drive home about 10:30 a.m., police said. Several neighbors pointed police in the man's direction, and he was arrested about 90 minutes later in a nearby backyard.

Charged with several felonies is Buford resident Rodericus Eugene Jackson, 18. His appearance matches descriptions given by witnesses to several burglaries in the same area in recent weeks, said Lilburn police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Weed.

Police believe Jackson chose the woman's home Tuesday at random. She was home with her child at the time. Following the attack, she was transported for treatment at an area hospital, where she was in good condition Tuesday afternoon, Weed said.

Weed did not say what type of weapon Jackson allegedly carried. His motive for the home invasion appears to be burglary, police said.

Jackson sustained minor injuries when a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department K-9 bit him in the chest area prior to his capture, Weed said. Jackson was evaluated by medical personnel at the scene.

"He denied medical transport to the hospital," Weed said.

Weed said 911 personnel alerted nearby Hopkins Elementary School officials to the situation, which was resolved a short time later. The school did not undergo lockdown procedures, a schools spokesperson said.

Jackson is charged with burglary, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree cruelty to children and weapons possession, said Weed. The investigation continues.