No arrests made in pair of armed home invasions last week

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A pair of armed home invasions last week had strange subplots and bizarre twists.

In Lawrenceville, a woman told police that several armed men dressed in FBI T-shirts placed a plastic bag over her head and zip-tied her hands together during a home invasion Friday evening.

Adela Martinez told police that "three to six" men entered her home on Broomfield Way near Sugarloaf Parkway and ordered her to the ground at gunpoint after yelling, "Police!" and asking "where the money was."

After hearing his mother's screams from the basement, Edguar Figueroa told police he ran upstairs and saw two Hispanic men with pistols standing over the victim. He then ran to a neighbor's house to try and get a gun of his own.

The neighbor refused, but later pointed his gun at a maroon Infiniti as two suspects sped off, police said.

The neighbor had written down the license plate number of the vehicle, which was later found in the area of the incident, a pistol and a FBI T-shirt inside.

Using K-9 units, police later found another gun and a FBI shirt in the surrounding area. The victim was the only witness to report more than two suspects.

Martinez reported seeing a Hispanic man about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and another at 5-foot-5, both weighing around 180-200 pounds.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Brian Kelly said Tuesday that no arrests have been made.

In Duluth, a man told police that he jumped out of his moving vehicle after two armed men forced him to withdraw $5,000 from an ATM Thursday night.

The man, Yisef Ayala, told police that two men forced him out of his apartment in the Saratoga Springs complex off Pleasant Lake Village Lane and into his vehicle. They proceeded to make him drive to a Wachovia on Satellite Boulevard and make a withdrawal.

After leaving the bank, Ayala told police that he jumped from his moving car in an attempt to escape. The suspects, one white man and one black man, reportedly jumped out and began to fight with the victim.

He said he managed to wrestle a gun away from one and attempted to shoot them, but the gun would not fire.

The vehicle ran down an embankment near Macy's at Gwinnett Place Mall.

A neighbor of Ayala later matched his description of one of the suspects as a tall, slender black man about 25 years old with buck teeth, saying that he had seen him hanging around the apartment building.

Kelly said no arrests have been made.