Palmetto Police search for armed home invaders

- Palmetto Police are looking for two men, who kicked down the front door of a woman's home, pistol-whipped her and held the woman and held her boyfriend at gunpoint Sunday night.

Police released a sketch of one of the men on Wednesday. Investigators said the men broke into the couple’s home around 11 p.m. and demanded money. Robert Laster said he gave them everything he had in his wallet.

"I gave them my money, but it wasn't enough to satisfy them, they wanted more," said Laster.

Laster said they roughed up his girlfriend.

"He grabbed her around the throat and pushed her against the wall, hit her with the gun across the chin," said Laster.

Laster said things took a turn when the robbers threatened to harm his girlfriend's young child. He said her mom instinct kicked in and she grabbed a flashlight.

"They said something about the baby that they were going to hold him for hostage. And when they said that, she lost it and pushed him to the front door and picked up a flashlight and beat him out the door," said Laster.

Laster said at first he was worried the robber would shoot, but after several whacks with the flashlight, he turned and ran out the door.

"I'm real proud of her because if we would have just give in to 'em and if she hadn't snapped like that there ain't no telling what they would have made us do," said Laster.

The man is described by police as being black, 5’5” to 5’7” feet tall with a thin build, little to no hair, and no facial hair. The other man is described as being a white man, 6’0 to 6’2” also with a thin build and “very blue eyes.”

Anyone with information on the crime can call Detective Hergesell with the Palmetto Police Department at 770-463-9068 or can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 reward.

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