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Group stops home invasion by severely beating 1 suspect, forcing 2nd one to flee

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Two gunmen attempted to rob a home with several people inside Sunday night in north Athens – one ended up fleeing the scene while the other was sent to the hospital after a group banded together and stopped the burglary.

The home invasion happened around 11 a.m. Sunday when someone answered the knock on the door of a home on Pepperidge Lane, according to the Athens-Clarke County police.

The gunman, who was wearing a shirt to conceal his face, was attacked by about 10 people who severely beat him before the first officer arrived, according to police.

His accomplice had already fled the scene. It’s unclear if he was injured.

“They picked a time when they didn’t know so many people would be there,” said Lt. Mike Tyndell told the Athens Banner-Herald.

When the first officer arrived, a woman standing outside told him two burglary suspects had entered the home and while one had fled the other was still inside along with several of the other occupants, police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said.

“The officer heard people yelling inside the house,” Ms. Sorrow said. “A subject exited and called for the officer to come in because the suspect was inside.”

When the officer looked inside, he saw a man with blood covering his face sitting in the room, Ms. Sorrow said. He was the would-be armed robber, she said.

“Several people were holding another male against the wall,” Ms. Sorrow said. “He was armed with a handgun.”

It turned out that he was one of the intended victim who had managed to take the gun from the suspect during the beating, police said.

The officer ordered the man to drop the gun and, after several commands, he complied, Ms. Sorrow said. The other occupants were told to go to the porch until other officers arrived, she said.

The officer checked on the man on the floor. He was later identified as Mr. Patrouski Eshundo Hodges, 20, of Rhodes Drive, Ms. Sorrow said. He had suffered a broken nose and other injuries, police said.

He told police that he had gone to the house to sell marijuana, and that one of the people in the homehad pulled a gun on him and it went off when he tried to grab it, according to the police incident report obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald.

It's unclear if police found any shell casing inside the home.

“Mr. Hodges told me that all the people who beat him up are part of the 18th Street gang and that he would have never come over if he had known that,” an officer wrote in the report.

EMS responded to the home and transported Mr. Hodges to Athens Regional Medical Center where he was treated, Ms. Sorrow said.

He was arrested and later transported to jail on charges of attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault, Ms. Sorrow said.

Mr. Hodges’ accomplice also had his face concealed by a shirt and witnesses were unable to provide a description, police said.

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