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,

Hart said.

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

said.

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.

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