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Home invasion suspect on the loose

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have issued a lookout for a home invasion suspect, who forced his way into the home of a 55-year-old Jonesboro man, and used a gun to threaten him, his wife, his granddaughter, and his 6-month-old great-granddaughter, according to Officer Otis Willis, III, public information officer for the police department.

The victim told police he was standing outside his home in the 400 block of Highway 138, when he was approached by one male, who asked to used his cellular phone.

"Shortly after using the phone, the perpetrator brandished a black handgun," Willis said. The suspect wanted money from the victim and exclaimed, "Give it up!" -- according to Willis.

The armed suspect forced his way into the victim's home, and continued to demand money, police said.

The perpetrator placed his handgun to the heads of the man's wife, 58; granddaughter, 23, and his six-month-old great- granddaughter, the police spokesman added.

Police said the victim struck the assailant in the face and forced him out of the home. "The perpetrator received a laceration to his lip during the struggle," said Willis, in a prepared statement. "The perpetrator fled the scene armed with the weapon used in this crime."

Clayton County police are on the lookout for a male described as being of very thin build, 6 feet tall, and dark-complexioned, said Willis. The suspect has a dreadlocks hairstyle, and was dressed in dark colored shirt and shorts.

The incident occurred on Sept. 29, at approximately 4:40 p.m., in the area of the 400 block of Highway 138, in Jonesboro, said Willis.

Police have released a sketch of the assailant. Willis said individuals who have seen, have come in contact with, or know the whereabouts of the sketched subject, should contact Detective J. Hutto, of the Clayton County Police Department, at (770) 473-5474.