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FCSO tackles assaults
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Jairo De Le Santos - photo by Submitted
Authorities are seeking four men believed to have been involved in an Aug. 13 home invasion, the first of two such crimes this month.

The incidents, which authorities say are unrelated, occurred two days apart in different parts of the county.

In the first incident, Forsyth County Sheriff's reports said armed gunmen took several items after tying up a couple in a Geneva Woods subdivision home.

The report said the couple’s three children, ranging from 1 to 5 years old, were not harmed, but the father was struck with a pistol.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the couple “may have been targeted because of [something] work-related.”

According to reports, the masked suspects spoke Spanish and wore blue jeans, work boots and gloves that "looked like socks."

One of the men was very short and another had a belt buckle that resembled the Superman "S" logo.

In the Aug. 15 armed robbery, three men are being held on five charges after they were arrested in Alpharetta a short time after the incident.

According to sheriff's reports, Bryan Manuel Bonilla, 22, and Orlin Avila-Castellano and Jairo De Le Santos, both 20, were each charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and terroristic threats.

They also face charges of battery and impersonating an officer. They are being held without bond.

According to sheriff's reports, the men arrived at a trailer on Atlanta Highway in a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said they were dressed in "police-type" uniforms.

Reports said the suspects tied some of the residents to a chair and locked others, including two children, in the bathroom.

The men then reportedly sprayed the residents' eyes with pepper spray and threatened their lives. They left with an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry and electronics.

Huggins said the sheriff’s office issued an alert after the incident, which happened about 8:30 p.m.

Within a couple hours, Alpharetta police officers spotted the vehicle on Hwy. 9. Huggins said a search turned up “stolen property from that robbery in the car with them.”

Also found were a loaded 9mm handgun, BB rifle, several canisters of pepper spray, a black flashlight, silver security badge with holder and clothing.

Alpharetta public safety spokesman George Gordon said Avila-Castellano and Bonilla are in the country illegally. He credited the arrests to teamwork and the thorough report from Forsyth.

“It was just great work on their part and great work on our part,” Gordon said.