Atlanta police are trying to track down a group of armed men who broke into a home early Tuesday morning and roughed up the elderly homeowners.
Melba Seals, 77, told CBS Atlanta News that she was in the bathroom at about 4 a.m. when the crooks entered her home through a window.
"Someone stuck a gun in the bathroom and asked me did I have a cell phone in there. I said, 'No.' And he said, 'Well, don't come out.'" And he pointed the gun at me, and all I could say was, 'Don't hurt us. Please don't hurt us,'" Seals recalled.
Her husband Milton Seals, 80, said he heard the commotion and tried to get out of bed, but there was a gun to his head.
"They dragged me down the hall and told me, 'Give me your money. I know you got some money, old man. You got money. Now give me the money,'" recalled Milton Seals.
The couple's 6-year-old grandson also was in the house at the time. The boy ran into the bathroom with his grandmother while the armed men were demanding money from his grandfather.
No one was hurt. The robbers got away with cash and jewelry, the couple said.
They weren't able to get a good look at the robbers' faces, but Melba Seals did get a good look at the handgun that was pointed at her. It was pink, she said.
Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin released the following statement:
"It saddens me to learn of the very unfortunate act of violence towards an elderly couple in their home on Lynhurst Drive early this morning. This is a very serious matter, and obviously it deserves the full and complete attention of our police department. This is the time of year that our citizens, need to be very cognizant of their surroundings including their homes, cars and workplace. It is extremely regrettable that criminals pray on our most vulnerable, women and the elderly, particularly during the holiday season. Today I'm calling on the Atlanta Police Department to increase patrols with another layer of cars inside their normal beat of coverage. We must make criminals aware that we will not sit idly by and allow them to take over our communities. I want to echo the ongoing appeal of our police department to citizens that 'if you see something, say something. Report all suspicious activity in your neighborhood.' Again, it is my intent to work with the police department to help put an end to these absurd acts of violence."
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or text CSA Tip to 274637.
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