Residents of several neighborhoods in Tucker were disturbed on Wednesday night by massive police activity involving helicopters with search lights and multiple vehicles with wailing sirens.
It was all for nothing. A man who committed a home invasion on Brownlee Drive managed to escape the hunt, and he may have had accomplices who also got away.
The incident began shortly before 10 p.m. when a man wearing a red scarf and a brown hat entered the home of a married couple through the carport door and demanded cash at gunpoint.
The female resident, who was in her bedroom, gave him $120 she had in her purse. "She asked him to just take the money and not her wallet," the police report stated.
The suspect then proceeded to tie up the male resident with duct tape, and was attempting to do the same to his wife when two friends of the family walked into the house. "There was a brief scuffle," DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish told Tucker Patch in a telephone call.
The intruder tried to detain the two visitors but one of them "elbowed the suspect in the face" and they escaped in their car while dialing 911, according to the report. The suspect followed them on foot for as long as he could toward Brockett Road, leaving the couple in the house behind.
One of the visitors told police he believes others may have been involved, possibly "a second subject hiding in the carport and a third subject keeping lookout while walking up and down the street," the report said.
A witness who called 911 said she saw "a red Honda Civic leaving the area at a high rate of speed," but could not provide descriptions of any passengers. It's not yet clear if they were involved in the robbery.
Parish could not confirm if there was more than one suspect, saying, "we have no detailed description; he (the intruder) has not been located."
The names of the victims have been removed from this article at the request of the family.