• Woman held at gunpoint during recording studio break-in

    By: John Bachman


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating after three gunmen burst into a DeKalb County in-home recording studio.

    A woman inside told Channel 2's John Bachman she thought she was going to die.

    The incident happened on Old Coach Court Friday morning.

    Timiko Rogers said the gunmen held her at gunpoint upstairs, while others were down in the studio, ransacking the place.

    "Of course I was scared," Rogers said.

    She said she was asleep early Friday morning when the burglar alarm beeped, waking her up. She knew something was wrong when the hallway light went dark.

    "Grabbed my phone, but just as I reached my phone, someone burst through my bedroom door. There was a man, he was holding a gun and he told me to put my hands up and don't move," Rogers said.

    That's when she said two other gunmen came in. She didn't think she'd live through the home invasion.

    "Considering their faces weren't covered, no I did not," Rogers said.

    She didn't recognize the men, but during the robbery someone was in her cousin's recording studio.

    "They took over $100,000 worth of equipment," Rogers said.

    Mac Steve said they took recording equipment and computers with thousands of songs. The equipment is insured. The lifetime of work is not.

    "Yeah, you can't get that back," Steve said.

    Steve and Demarreo Bethea are part of the group SMG. They were performing a well-publicized concert at a club when the robbers hit their studio.

    Bethea said, "This is more than our place of business. This is our home."

    Both musicians said they just want the hard drives, but even if they don't recover them, they will start over.

    "We will recuperate from this and we will let the law deal with it and push forward and do our best to give our fans something great out of SMG," Bethea said.

    Police are investigating, but the victims told Bachman whoever did this clearly knew who they were, knew where they lived, and knew their schedule.

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