Cops: 5 robbers caught in Tucker home invasion

TUCKER -- Police caught a robbing crew red-handed recently as they ransacked a Tucker home and beat its occupants with a shotgun, authorities said.

Evidence suggests the home-invasion might not be an isolated incident, Gwinnett police said.

Five suspects arrested outside the Doyle Street home -- three men, a woman and a juvenile -- are jailed on multiple counts of armed robbery and false imprisonment.

Victims told police the robbers simultaneously knocked on two doors of the home about 8 p.m. Friday, then stormed in. Four residents, all males ages 19 to 24, were gathered in a room, bound with duct tape and struck in their heads with the butt of a shotgun, according to a police report released Wednesday.

A fifth resident heard the commotion, exited a basement door and crawled across his yard to a neighbor's home, where the neighbor called 911, the report says.

Police arrived to find the suspects pilling into a 2000 Lexus SUV. When they refused to raise their hands, officers drew weapons, escorted them from the vehicle and handcuffed them on a curb, the report says.

In interviews, the four injured victims told police the robbers pillaged the home, upturning mattresses and carting valuables to the SUV. The neighbor told police he saw additional items being taken from the house to a 1987 Mercedes Benz parked in the driveway.

Medics transported the four injured men to Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated for lacerations on their heads.

The suspects -- Frank Colon, Brian Coplin, Rosa Peguero and Yuri Severino -- were interviewed and arrested. The juvenile went to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Lawrenceville.

Investigators are looking into similar incidents involving the suspects that appear to be related, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.