Armed neighbors capture home-invasion suspect; 2 in custody

Dustin Eugene Freeman (Credit: northwestgeorgianews.com)
Dustin Eugene Freeman (Credit: northwestgeorgianews.com)

A group of armed neighbors captured one of two home-invasion suspects Wednesday in Gordon County, according to the sheriff’s office.

About 8:15 p.m., deputies responded to a home-invasion report in the north-central part of the county, according to a news release from Sheriff Mitch Ralston.

Officers found Alex Alcantar injured in the house.

According to the sheriff, Alcantar and Dustin Eugene Freeman, both 17 from Calhoun, were wearing masks and gloves when they burst into the home while a husband and wife were having dinner. The alleged intruders also had bricks and baseball bats, the sheriff said.

After the man was hit with a brick by one of the suspects, he wrestled the bat from the other suspect and hit and injured a suspect, according to the sheriff.

Freeman ran but was chased into nearby woods by armed neighbors, who held him until deputies arrived, according to the release.

One suspect hit the victims’ dog with a baseball bat during the incident as the dog tried to protect its owners, the sheriff said.

Freeman is in jail, and Alcantar is in a hospital, the sheriff said. Both teens will be charged with home invasion, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and cruelty to animals.

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