by: Mike Petchenik Updated:MILTON, Ga. —
Milton police are searching for two men accused of terrorizing a family at gunpoint Tuesday morning.
Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik heard the call go out on the police scanner and headed to the scene in the 16000 block of Hopewell Road.
Victim Sonia Martinez told Petchenik a man knocked on the door asking if the family’s construction company was hiring. Moments after her brother answered the door, she said the man pulled a gun and forced his way inside.
“He was telling my brother to get on the ground,” she said of the suspect.
Soon, Martinez said another armed man barged into the home and the two forced all seven people inside to lie on the floor.
“They had me lay over by the kitchen and so I managed to be farther away and be able to get out,” she said. “I grabbed the phone. I didn’t have my cell phone on me. I tried calling from the corner of the property hoping to get a signal and I was able to just give a quick description of what was going on and keep running because I didn’t have time to look back.”
Police told Petchenik the two men fled when they heard sirens approaching the home, but they said a search by dogs was unsuccessful.
“We have no reason to believe they’re still in the area, no reason to believe they’re a threat to anyone else in the area,” said Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty. “They were specifically targeting this house and we’re still looking for them.”
Martinez said the man’s request for work is not uncommon in the Hispanic community, where business leaders help others find work. She said what happened should serve as warning to other Hispanic business owners.
“Someone comes up to your door and maybe they need help and some direction. Be careful about that,” she said.