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Cops: One IDed, others at large in armed Cobb home invasion of family

Police have identified a 19-year-old woman as being allegedly involved in robbing a Cobb County family at gunpoint in their home.

Smyrna police said Tuesday that Amanda Tanks faces charges of residential robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and child cruelty.

Sgt. Louis Defense, city police spokesman, said a warrant has been issued for her arrest but as of noon she has not been arrested.

Investigators said she and two masked men, who are still at-large, forced their way into a home in the 5100 block of Inwood Place in Mableton about 9:40 p.m. on March 26, according to the police department.


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Mugshot of Amanda Tanks (Smyrna Police Department)

Some of the alleged robbery was caught on the home’s Ring security camera system. 

In the video released by police, a woman who identifies herself as “Amanda” is seen yelling outside the door asking for a man because she needs help paying for an abortion.

The trio made off in a silver or gray SUV, cops said.


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The mother and her two children fled and called 911 from a neighbor’s home.

The mom spoke with Channel 2 Action News on the condition of anonymity, fearing for her life.

She said she was making dinner when Tanks and the men allegedly broke in. She said the men pointed the guns at her children.

“My two sons were there … crying, asking what was going on,” she told WSB-TV.

Smyrna police are looking into the possibility a home invasion victim was targeted because of his job.

The family believes they might have been targeted because of who the homeowner is. The man, who didn’t want to speak on camera, said he was a partner at a Buford Highway nightclub, Medusa Restaurant and Lounge.

WSB reported that the family is offering a $5,000 reward for information.

When asked by Channel 2 about that possible motive, the Smyrna police spokesman said: “Our investigators are actively and aggressively pursuing any and all leads. They entered into a home masked with handguns. There were young children involved. We want these individuals off the streets.”

Anyone with information can call Smyrna police at 770-434-6666 or call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Any tips to Crime Stoppers Atlanta can be anonymous and there are rewards up to $2,000.


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