By Joe Johnson
An Athens woman reportedly was pistol-whipped in front of her children during a weekend home invasion in her residence at the Highland Greens mobile home park off Danielsville Road.
According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, the 21-year-old woman called 911 at 3:55 a.m. to report that a home invasion was in progress at her Braeburn Drive residence.
Responding officer found that the front door of the home had been kicked in and were told by the woman that the suspects had just left in a dark-colored Toyota Camry, according to the report.
The woman explained to officers she had been asleep in a bedroom with her three children, ages 1 to 13, and her mother when two unknown men armed with guns entered the room and in Spanish kept yelling, “Where is the money?”
The woman reportedly told them she did not know what they were talking about but they could take whatever they wanted and pleaded with them to not hurt anyone.
The woman said the intruders then left the room and she heard them banging thins around in other parts of the residence. During this time, the woman leaned against the door to hold it shut while she called 911.
“She advised that a short time later the suspects came back to the room and forced the door open and pistol-whipped her and again demanded the money” before taking her phone and then leaving the home and driving away, an officer wrote in the report.
Police said they also interviewed the woman’s husband, who said he was asleep in the living room when he was wakened by his wife screaming.
He told officers that he grabbed his pistol and pointed it at the suspects as they left the bedroom but he dropped the weapon when they pointed their guns at him, according to the police incident report.
The man said he was held at gunpoint as the suspects went through the residence looking for something and they continued to ask where the money was, according to the report.
The man said he gave the robbers a bag full of clothes, which they took, along with the man’s Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to the report, which noted that the woman’s cellphone and a Canon camera were also stolen.