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2 women robbed, tied up by assailant

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two women were taken to a vacant residence on Pleasant Hill Road in separate incidents Thursday night, lured there before being tied up and robbed by a male assailant, police said.

A Gwinnett County police officer was flagged down by a black woman on Pleasant Hill Road near Corley Place just before midnight Thursday, her legs zip tied together, spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

She told officers that she had been approached by a black man at a nearby Chevron Station, who asked her for a ride home. Once they arrived at the residence at 1275 Pleasant Hill Road, the man ordered her out of the car and onto the ground, threatening to tase her, she told police.

He zip-tied her hands and feet together, rummaging through her purse before driving off in her car, police said.

Upon checking the residence, police discovered a second victim of similar circumstances.

Police found this victim, another black woman, inside the vacant residence, also constrained. She claimed she had been dropped off there to meet someone for a hair appointment, despite not having "any tools of the trade for a hairstylist," police said.

Thursday's incidents may be the continuation of a trend seen in Lilburn and Lawrenceville in April.

According to police, that trend saw multiple black female escorts arranging meetings at various locations which turned out to be abandoned or vacated homes and apartments. The escorts were then robbed.

Victims in those incidents and the recent ones have been "less than forthcoming" with investigators, police said.