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Cops: Thief posed as Guardsman

DULUTH -- Before the beatings, before hot coffee splashed a victim's face, and before the boiling vegetables took flight, police say one home-invader muttered a simple question: "Want to be part of the National Guard?"

Gwinnett police are looking for a pair of violent robbers who reportedly used an unorthodox method of entry into a Duluth music producer's home: Dressing as a National Guardsman and pretending to recruit.

A warrant issued Wednesday names one perpetrator as Deangelo Carson, 25, of Decatur, who remained at large. The identity of his accomplice was unclear Thursday.

The producer and a woman living at the Landington Way home near Buford Highway told police Jan. 3 the man knocked, asked the question, then two men stormed in, wielding wooden clubs.

The victims fought back but were beaten. At one point in the tussle, the male resident was doused with hot coffee and a boiling pot of green beans, according to a police report.

Both were evaluated by medics but declined hospital transport.

The robbers stole a computer, sound equipment, two cell phones and a purse before bolting away in a silver, four-door Honda Civic, the victims told police.

The male victim claimed to have recognized Carson, having met him in the music business, the report says.

Charges listed in the warrant include two counts of armed robbery and false imprisonment.