Police arrested the men Wednesday night after a similar home invasion was reported on Windsor Wood Drive in Roswell around 7:40 p.m. Authorities suspect the men were involved in the Mableton home invasion Tuesday night.
The suspects are being held in custody in Roswell and Cobb, according to police.
“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 Officer Mike Bowman said. “This was a joint investigation with multiple jurisdictions, and communication between them was ongoing about the multiple burglaries/armed robberies and home invasions.”
The Roswell home invasion happened in a neighborhood just over the Fulton County line, northeast of the Sandy Plains Village shopping center on Sandy Plains Road at Woodstock Road. Police said a man inside the home was investigating a noise upstairs when he was confronted by at least two to three men, one of whom had a weapon, who forced their way inside and tied him up.
They were interrupted by the victim’s wife, son and daughter, who had returned home from shopping, Roswell Lt. James McGee said.
“The subjects ran out of the home and confronted either the daughter or the wife,” he said. “They pushed her down on the way out and also pointed a weapon at her, and ran into the woods. At that time, the wife went down and untied the husband, and they called 911.”
McGee said jewelry was stolen in the invasion.
Authorities declined to say exactly where the men were apprehended or why they suspect the two incidents may be linked. But they said metro area police departments are working together to identify who might be involved in the rash of home invasions.
On Tuesday night, a home invasion was reported on Collins Lake Way in the Estates at Collins Lake subdivision off Fontaine Road in Mableton. Police said four to five men broke into the home and held the family at gunpoint before fleeing with valuable items and cash.
There have been a number of recent reports involving families of Indian descent in metro Atlanta being targeted by thieves. However, police said they’re not sure why that’s the case.
“These are things going on in all of the metro, targeting Orientals and Indians,” McGee said. “We don’t really know why they’ve been targeted, other than most of them keep cash on hand and most are self-employed.”
Sneha Mehta, president of the Smyrna-based India American Cultural Association, said she and others Indian-Americans have grown very concerned about the home invasions. She said she suspects the small community has been targeted because Indian-Americans are often well-off and not known to carry weapons, presenting “an easy target.”
“Hopefully, we can do something with the help of law enforcement and more information in the media,” she said.