June 23, 2015
Roswell police are searching for two gunmen who broke into a home, pistol-whipped a man, then forced his wife to drive to an ATM at gunpoint.
The husband, who talked to Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik, said the suspects threw a large paver stone through a back window, while his wife was working just a few feet away.
He said she ran to get him, and the gunmen followed her, striking him in the face with a gun, and forcing her to floor.
The man, who asked not to be identified, said the suspects forced him to wake up his small children, and held them at gunpoint while one of the men forced his wife to drive to a nearby bank.
He said one of the suspects said they were in a gang and that the crime was retaliation against white people. He said the man also asked for the names and occupations of his neighbors, and whether they had children.
“That’s unbelievable,” said neighbor Robert Rose. “We moved here because it was safe.”
Neighbor Keith Goeke is president of a nearby homeowner’s association.
“It’s pretty disconcerting, considering I’ve lived in this area since 2003 and we’ve never had an occurrence like this
in this area whatsoever,” he said.
Officer Lisa Holland told Petchenik detectives are looking into whether the case could be related to a recent home invasion in Buckhead in which gunman broke into a house on Paces Ridge Road and held a family hostage.