UPDATED — $15,000 reward offered in PTC home invasion case; no arrests yet
Gunman after firing shotgun: ‘I got her’
UPDATED July 18, 2012 — A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the home invasion that occurred on July 13th in Peachtree City, police said Wednesday.
The woman injured by a shotgun pellet fired at her by one of the invading robbers is back at home, a pistol near at hand.
Police report no leads or arrests yet.
UPDATED for print version July 17 — Few things in life can be as harrowing as a home invasion by armed intruders threatening the life of the residents. But that is what happened July 14 when two men entered the home of Peachtree City resident Ceresa Coffee. They demanded money, held her guest Jeff Young at gunpoint, physically assaulted Coffee and then shot her as she attempted to flee the property to get help.
Though he was initially in another room when the men entered the home, Young recounted the incident that began when two men came into the home Friday night. One of the men was carrying a shotgun. They began demanding that Coffee show them her safe, Young said, adding that Coffee kept insisting that she had no safe.
“They were punching her in the head with their fists,” said Young, explaining that the man with the shotgun put the weapon in Coffee’s face. “She was defiant. She said, ‘You won’t kill me. I’m a mother and I have children.’”
Young said he heard the commotion, left his bedroom and entered the living room. The man with the shotgun put the gun in his face and told him to get on the floor.
“I was lying face down. He said if I moved he’d shoot me,” Young said.
Young said it was at that time that Coffee saw an opportunity to get away. She fled the house but was followed by the man with the shotgun. Young heard the shotgun blast, of which one or two of the shotgun pellets struck Coffee in the head. The man came back in the house as Coffee lay on the ground. Young said she was able to crawl away toward a neighbor’s house to summon help.
“He said, ‘I got her,’” Young said of the man with the shotgun as he re-entered the home, adding that it was then that the two men ran out of the house.
Peachtree City Police spokesperson Rosanna Dove said the two offenders are described as African-American males, in their mid-twenties with dark complexions, both about 5-feet-8-inches to 6-feet tall and medium to slender in build.
Dove said the two offenders fled the residence in what has been described as a dark colored pickup truck.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Peachtree City Police Department as soon as possible. Please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510 or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at 770-487-6010. You may remain anonymous.
The following is the news release issued July 18 by the Peachtree City Police Department:
A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the home invasion that occurred on July 13th, 2012. The Peachtree City Police Department is responsible for $5,000 of the reward money. The additional $10,000 has been anonymously donated by a citizen who hopes to encourage those who have information to come forward.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Peachtree City Police Department as soon as possible. Please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510 or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at (770) 487-6010. You may remain anonymous.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE EMAILED SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, 2012
At approximately 10:24 p.m. on July 13th, 2012, officers with the Peachtree City Police Department responded to a possible home invasion with shots fired inside a residence located at 203 Woodland Drive, Peachtree City, Ga. At the time of the incident, three residents were at the home.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the following is the information we can currently release: Two black males entered the residence through an unlocked door and once inside they ordered the female victim to relinquish money.
Statements indicate that the offenders carried shotguns and believed there was a sum of money inside the residence the victim had access to. The two offenders are described as African-American males, mid-twenties, dark complexions, both about 5’8” to 6’ tall, medium to slender in build.
There were two other male residents at home during the incident. One resident was in an adjacent bedroom, and came into the living room after hearing the commotion.
As he did, he was confronted by one of the offenders who pointed a shotgun at him directing him to the living room floor.
While this was taking place, the female victim fled from the residence but was pursued by one of the offenders. The offender fired a round from a shotgun at the victim.
The victim was grazed on her head by a pellet as she continued to flee from the area. She was able to run to a neighbor’s home where she summoned help.
The two offenders fled the residence in what has been described as a dark colored pickup truck. The third resident of the home was not involved in the encounter.
It is unclear at this time as to any motive behind the incident. The female victim was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries and released. — Public Information Officer: Captain Rosanna Dove