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01/30/07

Two Suspects on the Run After Home Invasion

A Savannah family is still in shock after a pair of armed men break into their home and hold them at gunpoint. and the suspects are still on the loose.

"You never know when its going to happen," according to Linda Cooper, a neighbor.

It happened just before 8 this morning on Welwood drive.

The homeowner says he actually saw the suspects walking towards his house, but by the time he got back and could close the door, they blocked it open, then busted it open and got inside."

He claims The men then pushed him to the ground and tied his hands with duct tape. Then they forced his wife and son into a bedroom, and went searching for cash, jewelry, anything of value.

After a few minutes, the men left, taking the homeowner's work truck with them.

The homeowner jumped in the truck of Eddie Lattrell, a good Samaritan passing by, and chased the suspects for blocks until they dropped the stolen truck, and left in another getaway car.

Police brushed the car for prints and checked the home for clues. Eventually they found a big one, a piece of a latex glove which ripped off during the robbery.

"The most important thing is that they were physically safe," says Linda Cooper. "You can replace things, you can't replace family."

Cooper is friends with the family, and lives only a few houses away. She says she's not afraid of the next break in, she just wonders why these men chose this home, this neighborhood.

"I just can't imagine the thought process of someone who would do that to begin with," says Cooper. "I don't know what to say. I hope the police will catch them."

Police say without Lattrell, the good Samaritan, they wouldn't have any information to work with.

They give him credit for picking up the homeowner and helping find the tag number of the White Dodge Durango the suspects were driving.

If you can help investigators find these suspects, call Savannah-Chatham police right away.

Reported by: Andrew Davis, adavis@wtoc.com

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