Three masked men forced their way inside an Athens home Monday evening and robbed a man at gunpoint, police said. 

Man in wheelchair robbed at gunpoint during Athens home invasion

Athens police are searching for three suspects who forced their way inside a home Monday evening and robbed a man at gunpoint.

The break-in occurred about 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Oconee Street, according to police.

A 27-year-old told officers he was lying in bed when he heard several “loud thuds” coming from the back door. Unaware that both of his roommates were gone, the man asked if everyone was OK before getting into his wheelchair and rolling himself into the hallway, according to an incident report.

As he left his bedroom, he ran into a masked man who pointed a silver gun at his head and instructed him to go to the front porch, authorities said. 

There, the suspect held him at gunpoint for about 20 minutes as the other two men walked from room to room, kicking in doors and stealing valuables, according to the incident report.

After taking what they wanted, two of the masked men fled out the front door while the third left out of the back, the victim told police.

The man’s roommates returned home that evening as detectives were investigating. One of the women told officers she had just returned after being gone for four months, according to the report. 

According to the report, the men made off with a 50-inch television, several necklaces and a bag of coffee from one woman’s room. As they left, the suspects kicked her bedroom door off its hinges.

A second roommate told officers the men stole a black and white tapestry from her bedroom wall as well as a Polaroid camera, according to the report.

The man said he was missing a Bluetooth speaker, a pair of wireless headphones and a portable cellphone charger. 

In all, the stolen items were valued at about $950, according to police.

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday afternoon, but anyone with information about the home invasion and robbery is asked to call Athens police at 706-613-3345.

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