Witness in violent home invasion, robbery speaks

Witness in violent home invasion, robbery speaks

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Two people are out of the hospital after a late night home invasion in Mitchell County. Investigators are trying to figure out who beat and robbed them.

Mitchell County Investigators say at least one person broke into an apartment with a gun. They have a person of interest in custody as they work to sort out what happened.

This residence at Hillcrest apartments in Pelham is empty after a home invasion and robbery around 11:45 p.m. Monday.

"Deputies responded to the scene and spoke with victims and learned a guy had went into a house and beat two victims and robbed them with a gun," said Inv. Kevin Sellers.

Investigators say John Willingham was visiting his friend Willie Hopkins when the robbery happened. A next door neighbor says she was standing outside when she thinks she saw the intruder.

"He was on the cell phone and I said hi and he said hi," said Bernice Woodard.

Woodard went back inside her home and heard some noise coming from next door.

"I heard a lot of commotion but I thought they were playing video games. So something told me to come outside and I did," said Woodard.

Once outside Woodard heard her neighbor screaming for help from inside his home.

"Help help and I went to the door and he crawled to the door I saw all the blood on his mouth and he tried to get up and he fell face down," said Woodard.

Woodard called 911. She and several other people told deputies they saw two people running down the street. Deputies caught one person.

"We have not determined who the second person was or if there were actually two people involved," said Sellers.

Hopkins told us by telephone he's not sure how many people broke into his home. Woodard was able to give a description of one of the men she saw to investigators.

"I couldn't see his face but I know he had on black hood on top and white t shirt and dark jeans," said Woodard.

Only $50 was taken from the victims. Both victims were treated and released from the emergency room.

Investigators still have that person of interest they caught in custody. He has not been charged as the investigation continues.

Residents are hoping whoever is responsible is caught.

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