Police are offering a $ 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an eighth suspect in a suburban Atlanta home invasion in which masked men held a mother and daughter at gunpoint while they ransacked their home.

The invasion occurred on October 1 at the 4700 block of Sandy Springs at around 10:30 p.m.

Jermaine Caldwell
(Sandy Springs Police Department)

Police said several armed and masked men entered the house and held a mother and her underage daughter at gunpoint and requested that they hand over their valuables.

The intruders ransacked the house and threatened to kill the prisoners if they did not comply with their demands, police said in a statement to Fox News.

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The masked men walked away with several personal items, two vehicles and the victims’ phones and told the mother that if she called the police they would kill her.

According to the police, the mother and daughter cooperated with the intruders and were not injured. The stolen vehicles were found a few hours later after they were abandoned.

Sandy Springs, Georgia

Police arrested seven suspects, aged 18 to 24, in connection with the house search. Each of them faces a variety of charges including aggravated assault, takeaway theft and wrongful detention.

An eighth suspect, Jermaine Caldwell, 23, is still at large, police said. He is wanted for conspiracy to commit trespassing, grievous bodily harm, wrongful imprisonment, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and theft by taking away.

Sandy Springs Police said additional funding will be allocated to information leading up to Caldwell’s arrest.

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Police told 11Alive that the ongoing investigation was “complex” and spanned multiple jurisdictions across the subway area.

Investigators are also trying to determine if the suspects in the Oct. 1 home invasion were behind another attempted home invasion that occurred less than 24 hours later on Aberdeen Drive in Sandy Springs, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.

Anyone with information about the home invasions is asked to contact Detective M. Burson at 770-551-2570 or mburson@sandyspringsga.gov.

A makeshift memorial is displayed outside a house in suburban Douglasville, Georgia.

A makeshift memorial is displayed outside a house in suburban Douglasville, Georgia.
(Reuters)

The invasion takes place amid a general rise in crime in the greater Atlanta area. Statistics from the Atlanta Police Department show that this year murders, rape and grievous bodily harm have already surpassed the number of crimes for the same period last year.

The crime wave has led Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood to demand a complete separation from the city.

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“We’re fed up with it,” Buckhead City Committee CEO Bill told America’s Newsroom in August in response to a shooting that killed one person. “The Atlanta Police are very busy right now.

Megan Gallen from Fox News contributed to this report.