'They could've killed us.' Mom describes being zip-tied, beaten in home invasion

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County woman has a strong message for thieves following a violent home invasion.

She told Channel 2's Audrey Washington that prayer kept her and her children alive as three masked men attacked her inside her Sugar Hill home Saturday morning.

The woman said the men even stomped on her head shortly after they broke into another home along Primrose Park Road and terrorized that family.

“They kept hitting us in the face,” the mother said, asking not to be identified. “He tried to kill me three times with his bare hands.”

The woman’s face is now badly swollen and she has a large bruise on her chin.

She told Washington that three masked men broke in and told her they were Gwinnett County police. The woman, who is Jamaican, said she recognized the suspects accents right away.


“They tried to change it up like they were Americans and they talked in Jamaican and American in one," the woman said.

They tied her and her children up using zip ties. Then, she said with a gun to her head, they demanded cash and drugs.

She only had money and they got away with nearly $5,000.

The mother told Washington she collected the money from a Susu, which is an informal savings club arrangement between a small group of people.

“Someone in the pool may have tipped them off?” Washington asked the woman.

“I don’t know,” she said.

Gwinnett County police told Washington on Monday afternoon that they have some leads in the case.

“There was mention of a dark-colored SUV,” said Gwinnett County police Cpl. Wilburt Rundles.

As the woman recovers, she told Washington that she thanks God she survived, saying she prayed during the whole ordeal.

“He shall cover us with his feathers and under his wings I shall take refuge. That’s what I was laying on the floor saying, and I know I was covered,” the mother said.

The woman also had a message for the suspects saying the police are coming for them and that those suspects will be caught.