‘Vacuum sales’ call leads to life term for armed robber

A man who tried to pass himself off as someone selling vacuum-cleaner parts door-to-door has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for armed robbery and other offenses, Douglas County officials said.

Quamar Rashad Brown also pleaded guilty to home invasion and kidnapping at gunpoint in connection with the October 2015 crime on Blanche Drive in Douglasville, according to David Emadi of the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim was a man in his mid-60s, Emadi said. When Brown rang his doorbell, the victim indicated no interest in buying and attempted to close the door, Emadi said. Brown then forced himself inside the home, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and held it to the victim’s head, Emadi said.

Brown took the victim’s wallet, which contained almost $400 and multiple credit cards, Emadi said. Brown stole the victim’s car keys and cellphone, then forced the victim at gunpoint into a closet. He then drove off in a maroon vehicle.

Authorities issued a lookout, and Brown soon was pulled over by Douglas deputies, Emadi said. Officers found the victim’s credit card on the driver’s seat. Later, investigators found the victim’s wallet, car keys and cellphone in Brown’s house.

Investigators lifted Brown’s right thumbprint from a bag he was carrying when he went into the victim’s house, Emadi said.

Also, Brown was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor from Louisiana, and the GPS location from the monitor placed him at the victim’s home at the time of the robbery.

District Attorney Brian Fortner praised the sentence, saying: “These kind of criminals have no place in our community. They do nothing but serve as a menace to society by kidnapping and robbing people at gunpoint in their own homes, a place that is supposed to be a person’s sanctuary.”

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