Home invasion suspects tie children up, shoot at police

Armed men tie children up in home invasion

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Two suspects are in custody while others are still on the loose after shots were exchanged during a home invasion. 

Gwinnett County police officers were first alerted to the situation after receiving a phone call from a woman inside, who said she was hiding inside a bathroom of the home with three children. She also said her husband and another male family member were inside the house when "an unknown number of men" made their way into the house.

"First they knocked on the door and said they were the police and everybody got scared like why would police be here," said 11-year-old Juan Pablo Cruz.

Police said the suspects put a gun to the head of two children and then tied them up.

"The guy when he came in,he put the gun to my head and said to chill out or he was going to shoot me and that’s when he tied up me and my little sister," Cruz said.

The suspects pistol-whipped two of the relatives.

"They hit him with the gun on the head and they were telling him where was the money he wanted the money," said Cruz.

Rafael Rosas, Cruz's uncle, said, "I was trying to get up and the guy he hit me with the gun in the back."

The family said the robbers tried to take cash -- tips from a restaurant job -- and a flat-screen TV.

Shortly after arriving at the scene officers said gunshots were fired in their direction. According to the police report, the suspects fled the scene after one on the uniformed officers returned fire.  No one was shot.

One suspect was captured by a police K9; another suspect was found by officers. Both suspects were taken to headquarters for questioning. The other suspects are still on the loose. Detectives are working to determine exactly how many other suspects are still unaccounted for and their descriptions.

Family members told 11Alive's Valerie Hoff they don't know the home invaders and are not sure why their house was targeted. 

Authorities said that 26-year-old Javier Gonzalez, of Alpharetta, is charged with one count of home invasion in the first degree. He's being held at Gwinnett County Jail. 

The other suspect, 30-year-old Lamar Marcel Bowman, of Norcross, Ga., will be charged with one county of home invasion in the first degree and one count of aggravated assault. Authorities believe he is the one who shot at officers as they arrived. He was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for an unrelated medical issue. Once he's released, he'll be booked into Gwinnett County Jail.

Because an officer fired his weapon during this event, the Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to the scene to begin their investigation. The officer who discharged his weapon is currently on paid administrative leave.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).

Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 16-087940

(© 2016 WXIA)


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