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Authorities find 'house of ill repute'
Prostitution suspected at site of violent assault
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Forsyth County News

Authorities discovered what they say is a suspected house of prostitution while investigating a recent armed robbery in south Forsyth.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Investigator Bill Franco said authorities are also searching for a group of five to six men suspected of robbing four people and beating a man last weekend at the Atlanta Highway home.

The suspects, who Franco said "used baseball bats and guns," are considered armed and dangerous.

They are Hispanic, he said, and thought to be driving a black Ford Expedition. One of the men is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and has shoulder-length, black hair.

Franco said the four men who were robbed told authorities they were near the Avenue Forsyth on Peachtree Parkway when a man using a knife forced them to take him to a house at 2711 Atlanta Hwy.

"They said they were robbed of their wallets, jewelry and cell phones," Franco said, adding that investigators soon realized their story "didn't add up."

"We gained information from those four victims that an additional victim was in the residence and he had been badly beaten," Franco said.

That man, who lives at the home, was treated at the scene, but refused to be taken to a hospital.

Franco said further investigation revealed the four men had not been kidnapped, but instead had come to the house willingly "to participate in a house of ill repute."

He said the four men arrived at the house while the robbery was taking place.

"They were all robbed of various personal items, including the resident, and made up this scenario that they were robbed somewhere else," Franco said. "They didn't want us to know it was a house of prostitution."

Sheriff's Lt. Col. Gene Moss said no alleged prostitutes were at the house when authorities got there.

"Through their investigation it was quickly determined and obvious to investigators that was what it was," he said.

No arrests have been made. Authorities say the four men who were attacked could be charged for making a false report.

If caught, the suspects could face armed robbery and aggravated assault or aggravated battery.