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Suspects sought in pair of home invasions

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police are searching for suspects in a pair of violent, unrelated home invasions against Gwinnett women last week. Victims include a 73-year-old Lawrenceville grandmother.

No arrests had been made in either case Tuesday, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli. Three gunmen are believed to be responsible, according to police reports.

The robberies were reported in Lawrenceville's James Ridge subdivision off Sweet Gum Road, and at the Four Season Apartments in Norcross, near Dawson Boulevard and the DeKalb County line.

No injuries were reported.

In the earlier attack, the elderly victim told police a gunman kicked in the back door of her James Ridge Court home about 9 a.m. last Wednesday, startling her from bed.

She confronted the intruder, who grabbed her neck, placed a small silver handgun to her head and threatened to kill her if she called police. He rummaged through the home for electronics, including two PlayStation consoles belonging to the victim's grandchildren, as she sat quietly on a couch, the report says.

The robber fled through the same door he'd kicked in, police said.

The woman described the intruder as a black man between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing 170 to 210 pounds.

The second home invasion happened Thursday night in the 100 block of Seasons Parkway.

The victim, age 48, told police two men brandishing shotguns, their faces shrouded by bandannas, burst in her apartment and bee-lined to her bedroom. They were looking for her son, who goes by the nickname "Soldier," the report says.

Gun barrels to her head and neck, the victim told her assailants her son had moved out. They rummaged through the apartment for valuables, took her cell phone, demanded she stay under the bed and then fled, the report says. She called 911 moments later.

The victim told police she didn't recognize the suspects or their voices. Her son, she said, "hustles" for a living and is known to have stores of money, the report says.

Both cases are under investigation.