Gwinnett police: Bail bondsmen kidnapped woman, threatened residents

Two Tennessee bail bond enforcement agents were in jail Monday after police said they kicked in the door of a Gwinnett County home, held the residents at gunpoint and kidnapped the wife of a man they were seeking — all over a traffic ticket.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Ed Ritter said the men forcibly entered a home on Castlebrooke Way near Lawrenceville around 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

“They were seeking a man that was wanted in Ashland City, Tenn., for failing to appear on a traffic charge,” Ritter said. “After entering, they accosted the residents, including children, by pointing guns at them and threatening them.”

He said the man being sought by the agents jumped out a window of the house as they came in and fled.

After searching the house, the agents handcuffed and took the wife of the man into their custody and drove her away in pickup truck, according to Ritter.

When police arrived, the agents returned, telling officers they were charging the man’s wife with harboring a fugitive and obstructing them, but as officers were talking to the family, the agents left again with the woman still in their custody, Ritter said.

“Police units began searching for the truck and quickly located it parked outside the subdivision,” he said. “Officers secured the immediate release of the female.”

Ritter said that after further investigation, both agents were arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County jail. Kevin Roberson and Khalil Abdullah were charged with home invasion, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

A preliminary hearing for the two has been set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, according to magistrate court officials.

“Other charges are pending due to the existence of video evidence obtained by persons inside the house using their cell phone cameras,” Ritter said.

The man being sought by the bail bondsmen had not been located late Sunday.