JPD: Couple tied up, robbed in home invasion

Couple tied up and robbed
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are searching for three men that went to a home in the 2300-block of Boydston, tied a couple up, and robbed them.

Justin Lathrop thought the man he saw at his door needed help until he opened it and saw three men asking if he had marijuana.

"I told him I didn't have any," Lathrop said.

That is when Justin said the men forced their way into his house.

"I don't know if he punched me or hit me in the face or pushed me over, all I know is I ended up on the ground scrambling for the kitchen," he said.

His girlfriend, who did not want her name released, heard him yelling for her.

"I was like I'm asleep what do you need," she said.

Before she could come out of her bedroom, she sat up and saw the men standing right in front of her.

"There's three black men in our house, in our kitchen and my boyfriend is on the floor and he's bleeding," Justin's girlfriend said.

The couple claimed one of the suspects held the man's head to the floor while the woman tried desperately to get the attacker off him.

They said the suspects constantly asked them for guns and money, which the victims said they did not have.

"They had me get on my knees in front of the pantry and I thought this is it," the woman said.

The men used the couple's clothes to blindfold them.

"They had my hands tied, ironically with my own belt," she said.

Jonesboro police said the suspects used an extension cord to tie Justin's wrists together.

Once the suspects left, the couple untied the knots and the woman ran for help.

The woman claims they said, "if we see blue lights, we'll know what happened and we'll be back."

The suspects stole a television, some money, and their cell phones.

Justin said he is not in fear but his girlfriend is.

"I'm worried about if this is going to happen to us again, if they actually send someone back," she said.

Jonesboro police said they arrived at the house and found a pool of blood in the kitchen.

With a visible black eye, Justin told police the suspects struck him in the face and head several times.

Police are investigating the crime. They ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 935-7867 (STOP).

The woman said one of the suspects had dreads and another had a beard.

This was the second home invasion reported this week. Late Sunday night a man claimed a man forced his way into his home and pointed a shotgun at him. The suspect was last seen running away with three other suspects, dressed in all-black.

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