Home invasion reported at Athens trailer park


By Joe Johnson

A knife-wielding man reportedly committed a home-invasion armed robbery Saturday at an eastside trailer park.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, a 48-year-old man was getting out of the shower shortly before 6 p.m. when he heard his dog barking at the front door, and when looking to see what his dog was barking at the man found a stranger on the front porch who was looking for someone named “Jose” who owed him money.

The man told the stranger that no one with that name lived in the trailer at Hallmark Estates off Spring Valley Road, and when he went back inside to call his father, the stranger forced his way through the door while holding a knife and asking, “where the money was at,” according to the report.

The resident said he stepped backwards and sat on a couch while the intruder came toward him, holding the knife chest high, according to the report.

After snatching the resident’s cellphone, the suspect went into the kitchen and began going through a purse belonging to the resident’s mother, the report noted, at which time the resident ran out the back door and to a neighbor’s home, where he called 911.

The mother arrived while police were still on the scene, and she identified several items that were stolen, including her large, charcoal-gray $300 Michael Kors designer handbag and an envelope containing Social Security cards, Mexican passports, and temporary work permits, the police report noted.

The suspect was described as a tall, thin Black male who appeared to be in his late 20’s, according to the report. He was said to have a short beard and short hair and wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

An investigating officer reportedly contacted the resident’s father, who said he that the mobile home was in his name and was paid off, and that the lot on which the trailer sat was under the name of “Jose Ortiz,” who he did not know.

Police asked for anyone with information about this case to contact Sgt.Gregory Dickson at (762) 400-7070 or gregory.dickson@accgov.com.