Eight men were arrested Wednesday in connection with two home invasions in Roswell and Mableton – and investigators believe they may be connected to several others in the Metro area.
So far police have not released the names of the suspects or their charges. It was also unclear how they were arrested.
“The names of these perpetrators are not being released at this time as we continue our aggressive investigation into linking these perpetrators to the numerous home invasions and burglaries that have occurred in Cobb County and the Metro area,” Cobb County police spokesman Mr. Michael Bowman said.
The incident in Mableton happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday at Collins Lake Way when about five gunmen forced their way into the home.
“The occupants of the residence were ordered to the ground at gunpoint and ordered not to move,” Mr. Bowman said.
The suspects bound the victims and ransacked the house, stealing several items of value as well as cash.
The second incident happened in Roswell about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when five men forced their way into a home at 1835 Windsor Wood Drive.
The victim, a business owner, went upstairs to investigate after hearing a loud thump and what sound like marbles rolling across the floor in the kitchen area, according to the police report.
Mr. Dhiraj Sharma, 50, opened the door and was confronted by three gunmen dressed in all black and wearing black masks. They had broken a glass door on the rear of the house and then pushed a couch away from the door to enter the home.
Then Mr. Sharma saw two more men run up the stairs.
At gunpoint the men forced the homeowner into the living room where they yelled and pushed at him to get on the ground. They bound him with an electrical cord ripped from the wall, the report said.
One of the men had joined the other two upstairs when Mr. Sharma said he heard the back door open and saw his 20-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son enter the home.
“Dhiraj stated he tried to yell at them to get out of the house but the male that was holding his mouth closed told him to shut up and be quiet,” the report said.
Then all five men ran from the home.
Ms. Ishna Sharma said her mother was getting the groceries and had told her and her brother to go inside.
She said she had just entered the home when she saw the men running towards her. They pushed her out of the home and onto the back deck where she fell down the stairs.
Mrs. Swabnil Sharma said she heard her daughter scream and saw her running out of the home followed by one of the suspects.
The man ran towards Mrs. Sharma followed by the other suspects. One of them pointed a gun at her and she threw a bag of groceries at them to distract them.
The suspects ran up a hill at the back of the home while Mrs. Sharma and her two children ran next door.
Mr. Sharma, who had ran downstairs to call 911, told police the suspects spoke to each other in a foreign language that he thought was Spanish.
No one was seriously injured in either of the incidents.
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