Gwinnett police are still looking for the people responsible for a violent home invasion in Sugar Hill in which the victims were tied up, blindfolded, punched and had guns held to their heads.
Police were called to the home, which is located on Primrose Park Road, shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday morning after the victims asked a neighbor to call 911, an incident report said.
According to the report, one of the victims, an adult son, returned home from a night out with friends at about 5 a.m. to find the basement door leading to the kitchen was open, which he told police was “unusual.”
“He said he began to go upstairs to the second floor, where he was grabbed by one of three suspects and forced into his mother’s room,” the report said. “There, he was restrained by the use of zip ties in the same room as his mother ... and sister. (The son) was able to break free and ran down the stairs but was caught by one of the suspects in the kitchen where he was punched until he complied to go back upstairs.”
When police spoke with the mother, she gave a similar account, saying that when she first heard noises in her home, she thought it was her son and his friends.
“Then three armed individuals barged into her room yelling ‘Gwinnett County Police,’” the report said. “They grabbed her and punched her and restrained her with zip ties and demanded to know where the money, drugs and jewelry were. She said at one point, she was deprived of oxygen by one of the suspects placing their hand over her mouth and nose when they were making their demands.”
The sister also gave a similar account to her mother and brother, though said she was woken up by an “armed gunman standing by her bed.”
“She screamed and then a physical struggle ensued,” the report said. “The armed suspect needed the help of one of the others to gain control over the (sister). The two suspects then placed her in zip ties and put her in the mother’s room as well.”
Police said the suspects, who were described as three black men “shorter in stature” who rotated between Jamaican and American accents, came in through a basement window.
“There were marks on the window indicating that it had been forced open,” the report said. “The victims said the suspects were in the house for about 30 minutes looking through everything. Once they had completed going through the house, they left a knife and told them to wait 10 minutes before they cut themselves free.”
Once the men were gone, the son walked to a neighbor’s home, where he was cut out of the zip ties. He suffered a cut behind his ear, which police think came from the handle of one of the pistols, as well as bruising and swelling on his face. He was transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
The mother and sister also had facial swelling, and the sister’s eye was bloodshot, though they were not taken to the hospital.
In total, the suspects stole $4,700 in cash, which the mother told police came from a “pool of people and friends who help each other out.”
While police aren’t exactly sure how the suspects got out of the house, they believe they may have been driving a black SUV. The men were wearing dark clothes, surgical masks and latex gloves during the home invasion.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit stopcrimeATL.com.
Tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The case number is 19-056834.