Restraining order filed against Falcons DB

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Atlanta Falcon Chris Owens has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from his ex-girlfriend and son pending a court hearing, according to paperwork filed this week in Gwinnett Magistrate Court.

Owens' ex, LaTia Terry, 22, has implicated him in a burglary at her Lawrenceville apartment Monday that resulted in thousands in damages and ruined designer clothing, though no property was taken, police said.

Police said Owens, 24, a Buford resident and NFL defensive back, has not been charged and is not considered a suspect at this point. He and Terry are parents of 9-month-old son, Christopher Owens Jr., according to a petition for a temporary protective order filed by Terry on June 13, the day of the alleged burglary.

According to a Gwinnett police report, Terry called police from her Colonial Grand at Sugarloaf apartment Monday morning to report a burglary. She told police she'd left the prior night around 11 p.m. and found the apartment in disarray upon returning.

A responding officer noted holes in the drywall, destroyed photographs, a flat screen television on the floor with several holes, broken blinds leading to the patio and a destroyed crib in the child's room. In Terry's bedroom, the master closet was piled with her clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry -- all still wet with bleach, the report says.

Terry told police the discolored clothing was designer brand and worth $15,000.

"It appears the suspect took the bleach container with him/her when they left," Officer S.L. Moore wrote in the report.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the department's burglary unit is investigating but no charges have been filed. He stopped short of calling Owens a suspect. The police report lists no offender information.

"Investigators are thoroughly investigating and following up on all leads regarding this incident," Ritter said.

Ritter said Terry has contacted various news organizations alleging that Owens is responsible.

Gwinnett Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchum signed an order restraining Owens from coming within 200 yards of Terry or their son until a June 22 hearing, where a judge will decide if evidence exists to grant a protective order or not.

Owens is entering his third season with the Falcons after being drafted in the third round from San Jose State. A Falcons spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.