Suspect in violent home invasion waives court appearance - CBS46 News

Suspect in violent home invasion waives court appearance

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Mark Melvin/CBS Atlanta- Atlanta police pursued one suspect and a female driver to a Fairburn intersection. Mark Melvin/CBS Atlanta- Atlanta police pursued one suspect and a female driver to a Fairburn intersection.
Mark Melvin/CBS Atlanta- A woman was struck in the head with a gun during an overnight home invasion. Mark Melvin/CBS Atlanta- A woman was struck in the head with a gun during an overnight home invasion.
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The accused getaway driver in a violent home invasion waived her first court appearance Friday morning.

Police said Minerva Riche, 25, of Atlanta, lead police on a high-speed chase from Atlanta to Fairburn early Thursday morning.

It all started around 12:30 a.m. with a loud sound at the front door of Shereka Austin's home in the 700 block of Catherine Street in Southwest Atlanta.

"I heard a sound like boom boom boom," said Kenyatta Cosby, 12, Austin's son. 

"I was awakened to three black males pulling me out of the bed pointing guns in my face telling me to lay down on the floor besides my bed," said Austin.

Austin said the men duct taped her and demanded money.

"They kept hollering, 'where is the money. You got some money. Tell us where the money is,'" Austin said. '"You are about to die. You are going to die.'"

Austin's friend Richard Kinney was upstairs with Cosby.

"I came to the edge of the steps and peeped around the corner and the guy was standing in her bedroom with a pistol in his hand," said Kinney.

Kinney ran back up stairs, dialed 911 and gave the phone to Cosby. He went to the attic.

"He went in the door and shut the door behind him," said Kinney.

"I was saying 'hurry up, we are getting robbed. We are getting robbed. Come on,'" Cosby said.

Meanwhile Austin said she tried to stall the bad guys.

"I was like 'OK. The money is in the back room in the wall,'" said Austin.

The gunmen then ripped open the wall after threatening Austin's sister.

"One of them stuck a gun to her head and said I will kill you if you move," Kinney said.

Eventually police arrived and the gunmen ran out the back door. Police said they recovered an assault rifle, handgun and purse at the scene, but the three gunmen got away.

Riche has been charged with aggravated assault, burglary, false imprisonment, robbery, reckless driving and attempting to elude police. 

Despite all that happened, Austin said things could have been a lot worse if not for her son.

"I was glad he did not come down the steps and called the police right away," Austin said.

Riche's next court date is November 2 at 9 a.m.

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