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Perpetrators at large following home invasion
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The Newton County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for three black males who reportedly robbed a family at gunpoint over the weekend.

According to reports, the family was beaten with guns and then restrained while the invaders searched the house on Concord Court. NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson described the crime as a true home invasion.

"This is very rare for Newton County," Watterson said.

The daughter and her mother were watching television in the living room around midnight when three black males kicked in the back door. The men were dressed in all black and wore black bandanas to cover their faces. Each of the first two men reportedly carried a handgun.

The men shoved the daughter and mother to the floor. The father, who had been getting ready for bed, was dragged into the living room. As they pushed the 72-year-old man down, one of the robbers reportedly pistol-whipped the father in the side of the head.

Duct tape was placed over each of the family members' mouths and their hands were taped together. The daughter said the intruders ransacked the house for approximately 45 minutes while her father lay in a pool of his own blood.

The daughter was not sure what had been stolen but said the men at least took cash and some household items before exiting by the back door.

After the men were gone, the daughter was able to free herself from the duct tape and call 911. Deputy Matt Roberts and Cpl. Wade Freeman arrived on the scene and made contact with the daughter, who had a cut on the right side of her check. EMS was called and the father was transported to Newton Medical Center.

The case was turned over to Watterson while the deputies searched the area around the house. Watterson said evidence was found inside and around the house, but for investigation purposes, that information is not currently being released.

Investigators are looking for the three suspects, who range in height between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. All three men were described as slender.

If you have information about, please call the NCSO at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site