Home invasions may be connected
by Wes Mayer
Newnan authorities are still looking for the suspects of two possibly connected home invasions that occurred early Monday.
The first home invasion occurred around 4:05 a.m., and at 4:16 a.m. Officer Bradley Thompson with the Newnan Police Department was dispatched to the victims’ apartment on 146 Jackson St. There, he met with the victims, checked for injuries, and found one victim had been struck in the head by a handgun.
According to Thompson, the victims told him around 4:05 a.m. they were awakened by a knock at the door, so the male victim walked from the bedroom and opened the door without asking who it was. Immediately, the male victim said he was hit in the head by a pistol, and two men forced their way into the apartment.
At gunpoint, the suspects demanded money from the male victim, so he told them he had $110 in a jar under the coffee table. The male victim’s girlfriend then came out of the bedroom because of the noise, so the suspects pointed their guns at her and demanded her money as well. The female victim said she had $50 in her purse, and the suspects grabbed that as well.
The suspects then ordered the two victims to go into the bathroom, and once there, the suspects asked if the victims had any cell phones. The victims said they did, told the suspects where they were and the suspects stole those, too. The suspects then ordered the victims not to leave the bathroom until they left the apartment, and they fled the scene.
According to Thompson, the victims described the two suspects as black males who wore all black clothing, black masks and black gloves. One of the suspects was about 6 feet tall and thin, and the other was around 5 feet 10 inches and weighed around 200 pounds. Both men had black semi-automatic pistols, the victims said.
The male victim suffered from a golf ball-sized lump on his forehead from being allegedly struck by one of the suspects’ pistols.
At 5:36 a.m., Officer Kevin Black with the police department was dispatched to the second home invasion, which occurred on Spence Avenue. There he met with the six victims, who were asleep in the home when two suspects entered the home with handguns.
Black first met with one of the female victims. The woman said she heard knocking at the door, so she opened it, and when she did, two black males wearing ski masks walked in, and one grabbed her by the throat and threw her down on the ground. The suspects then began searching through the home and demanding money.
The woman’s boyfriend told Black he woke up when one of the suspects walked into his bedroom and threw his girlfriend down on the ground. The suspect then hit the man in the back of the head with a pistol, and the suspect commanded him to get up and listen, or else he would kill him and rape his girlfriend. The suspect then ordered the victim to lead him into the back and wake up another one of the residents.
The other three men who lived at the home, and one of the men’s girlfriends, were all woken up by the suspects who demanded money and marijuana from them. The six victims were then all ordered to get into the bathroom and not leave until the suspects left the home, or else the suspects would shoot them, the victims told Black.
According to Black, the victims described the suspects as black males wearing ski masks. One of the suspects was around 6 feet tall and weighed around 210 pounds, and one of the victims noticed he had a tattoo on his right hand which said “Dee” and was underlined – there were other tattoos on the suspect’s arm, but the victim couldn’t recognize them.
The other suspect was described as thinner, around 150 pounds, and was about 5 feet, 9 inches tall.
Both suspects carried handguns, although one was described as a silver revolver. The other was a black semi-automatic pistol. The suspects ended up stealing a 32-inch flat screen television, an Xbox 360, an eight-inch tablet, a cell phone and two wallets containing the victims’ identity cards.
According to Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs, due to the similarities of the two home invasions, authorities believe they may be connected. However, the victims do not appear to know each other, so detectives do not know why their homes were chosen. Authorities are still trying to establish a modus operandi for the two home invasions.