COLQUITT COUNTY -- A brutal home invasion down a dirt road near the
Center Hill area Friday morning is leaving investigators puzzled. The
intruders -- still at-large -- appear to have targeted the family, looking
for a safe in the home.
At about 8:20 a.m. in the 300 block of Morris Road, two black men in
their mid-20s knocked on the door of the double-wide mobile home of
Harold and Patrice Price, reportedly asking to use the phone, Colquitt
County Investigator Shannon Hart said. When denied, the two armed men
forced their way into the home and demanded money. The husband, 53,
tried to fight off the men in the kitchen, but one of the intruders beat
him about the head with a long, silver handgun and broke one of his
fingers before restraining him with duct tape. Investigators believe the
gun fired a round during the altercation. A bullet from a large-caliber
handgun was found lodged in the roof by Georgia Bureau of Investigation
agents called in to assist the sheriff's investigators
The couple's 25-year-old son, Michael, woke at the ruckus but upon
entering the kitchen was seized and bound with tape as well. Patrice
Price, 51, was not bound, investigators said. They were left unharmed,
The thieves took a wallet and a purse, authorities said.
Several houses are nearby, but the neighbors had already left their homes
for the day, the investigator said. Investigators don't have a
description of the vehicle the intruders were driving but did get a
partial description of them. One is described as about six feet tall,
200 to 220 pounds and wearing a hooded jacket. The other is about five
feet seven inches tall, 165 pounds and has a goatee. He was wearing a
gray hooded sweatshirt. The thieves could be from Mitchell County, Hart
Their clothes are likely to be bloody, Hart said, because there was a lot
of blood at the crime scene.
Harold Price was badly beaten, Hart said. He underwent surgery to repair
his finger and needed numerous staples in his head to close the
contusion, he said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to
call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office at 616-7430.
To talk to reporter Lori Glenn, call 985-4545, ext. 224.