POLICE BRIEFS: Man accused of underage tattoo

Man accused of underage tattoo

LILBURN -- Gwinnett police are looking for a Lilburn man accused of illegally tattooing a 13-year-old girl.

Luis Roberto Salas, 18, was aware of the girl's age when he branded her left wrist Thursday with her surname, Pachicos, according to his arrest warrant. The incident happened at his Johns Street home, police said.

Salas faces a misdemeanor charge of tattooing a person under the age of 18. He had yet to be arrested Wednesday afternoon.

Tattooing anyone under age 18 is unlawful, except when done by a licensed physician or technician for cosmetic or medical purposes, according to Georgia code.

Police: Man nabbed after binge

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man is behind bars after his drug-induced hysteria drew the ire of neighbors Monday, police said.

Neighbors along Amhearst Oaks Drive called Gwinnett police to report that the man, 36, had been screaming and waving his arms at school buses on morning routes. Police found the man curled beneath sheets in his basement, "screaming at the top of (his) lungs," according to a police report.

"(He) just rambled about being sorry and that he was not trying to hurt any one (sic)," the report says.

The suspect told police he'd taken a date rape drug called G.H.B. Police also reportedly found a small baggie containing methamphetamine on a nearby couch.

The home's owner told police he witnessed the man kick his small dog in the mouth, and police found the animal bleeding, the report says.

The man was arrested on felony drug charges and a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail on $14,150 bond.

Man robbed of $40,000 in gold

BUFORD -- An Oakwood coin dealer told police he was robbed of more than $40,000 in coins, gold bouillon and other valuables when his Range Rover suffered a flat tire on Interstate 85.

The businessman told Gwinnett police Nov. 4 he'd just picked up the gold -- valued, in the case of his five Canadian Maple Leaf coins, at $7,000 apiece -- from a North Georgia bank. He was driving south on I-85 near Gravel Springs Road when his high-end SUV sprung a leak, a police report says.

While reading instructions to change the tire, the man said two black men stopped in a white truck and asked if he needed assistance. When the man declined, the suspects pushed a "blunt object" to his back, patted him down, and pilfered the vehicle for the gold and his Sony laptop, the report says.

The suspects immediately fled south on I-85 to an unknown location, the report says. They remain at large.