Five Emory students were robbed at gunpoint at their residence on North Druid Hills Road Thursday at approximately 2:30 a.m., according to DeKalb County Police Department reports.
According to police reports, two masked male subjects entered the residence at 2497 North Druid Hills Rd. with weapons and tied up the five individuals inside, all of whom have been confirmed as Emory students.
The two masked subjects ransacked the home during the next three hours and stole items such as televisions, laptops, an undetermined amount of cash and assorted valuables, according to the police report.
According to Mekka Parish, public information officer at DeKalb County Police Department, one of the students involved in the incident was struck with a gun by one of the intruders.
“He was transported to the hospital,” Parish said, “and the other individuals were not harmed.”
Parish further stated that at approximately 6 a.m., one of the individuals freed themselves and was able to call police at that time. By the time officers arrived, the subjects had already fled the scene.
“Detectives do not believe that this is a random event and are still investigating,” Parish said.
However, Parish said that regardless of whether this incident was random or not, the residents did not lock their door at the time of the robbery and that the intruders simply walked through the front door.
“It is always encouraged for individuals to be mindful when they are in their home to lock their doors and be vigilant about their personal safety,” Parish said, warning residents to be mindful so that this situation does not occur in the future.
Parish further stated that detectives do not yet know why this home and these individuals were targeted by the unknown robbers, but that there have been no other similar incidents at this time.
This case is currently under active investigation, and there is no further information available at the time of this report. This case is a DeKalb County Police Department investigation, and Emory Police Department has no further details concerning the incident or the students involved.
— Contact Tasha Posid.