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June 11, 2005

Thomasville-- Yellow police tape still surrounds a home on Isobel Street. Police received a call after 5:00 on Saturday morning in reference to a shooting.

"This is the first incident of this type that's happened in a while," says Sergeant Rachelle Denmark of the Thomasville Police Department. The incident began at about 4:00 in the morning after multiple intruders forcibly entered through the front door.

"I could tell in their voices, they wanted to kill us bad. They wanted to kill us," says victim Ricardo Mitchell.

But instead of killing them, Mitchell says he and his girlfriend were held hostage for 45 minutes to an hour and terrorized with revolvers and shotguns. "They took the shotgun and beat my head and continued to beat me," says Mitchell.

The wounds are still fresh on his head from what he says was a brutal beating, beatings that continued as the intruders demanded money. "Just beating me, beating me. My body, my arms, my knuckles, all right in my eye, just beating me," says Mitchell.

They continued even after money and jewelry was given.

They soon turned deadly after three shots were fired. Two of them struck his girlfriend Takiela Johnson, one in the leg and one in the stomach. She was five months pregnant. "That's all she wanted was a baby. It was her first born. That would be her first one," says Mitchell.

Both victims were taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital where the unborn baby was pronounced dead, a heinous crime that Mitchell says has no justice.

"It ain't no justice for that. At least years. They don't ever need to see the streets. To kill an innocent child, and especially shoot a female," says Mitchell. And he has a lot of unanswered questions as to who would commit those crimes.

"It's got to be somebody I know because they came directly to my bedroom," says Mitchell. But throughout the ordeal he is thankful. "Oh yeah, I thank God that we're alive and you just don't know. We were inches from not being here, talking about inches," says Mitchell.

He's hopeful that investigators are inches away from solving the crime.

The GBI and the Thomas County Sheriff's Department are both assisting with the investigation.

Anyone who has information is urged to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 229-227-3302 or the Crime Tips Hotline at 229-227-3305.

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