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Police have arrested gang members who targeted the homes of rich and athletes around the metro Atlanta area.

Four gang members were arrested Sunday after attempting a burglary at a townhouse where one of rapper Future's baby mamas lives with her child.

One suspect was hospitalized after he tried to bail out of a moving car while fleeing, police say.

The four gang members may be linked to a series of violent home invasions targeting rich celebrities across metro Atlanta, WSBTV reported.

One of those celebrities is Marlo Hampton, longtime cast member of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV series.

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Gang members kicked in the front door of Hampton's Sandy Springs home on July 1.

"When I heard the boom, when I heard my nephew scream — and I knew that scream was a scream of fear -- my heart dropped," Hampton told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne.

Hampton said she armed her security system before the gang kicked in her front door. Sandy Springs police arrived within minutes of her 911 call, but the gang had already fled.

"I just thank God and we're covered in the blood of Jesus and I'm here to share this story with you," Hampton told Winne.

Hampton gave a word of warning to other celebrities who show off their luxury lifestyles on social media.

"My main concern is, I want all the ladies ... I want everyone to be aware if you are posting, if you do have luxury items, be careful," she said.

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Authorities suspect the gang members may have also targeted the DeKalb County home of rapper Gunna, who is in jail awaiting trial on a RICO gang charge.

Investigators told Winne that the gang targets the homes of high-profile celebrities, professional athletes or social media influencers who post their lifestyles on the Internet.

Sandy Springs police are asking the public's help finding Jeremy Caldwell, a.k.a. J-Roc, an alleged gang ringleader wanted for 33 charges, including Sandy Springs home invasions.

"He's got a red falcon on the side of his right eye," said Sgt. Matt McGinnis with the Sandy Springs Police Department.

McGinnis advised the public not to approach Caldwell.

"They need to contact 911 immediately. He is considered armed and dangerous," McGinnis told Winne.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest of Caldwell.

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Atlanta police said nearly $100,000 in cash was stolen from ex-NBA star Vince Carter's Buckhead mansion while his wife and kids were inside.

Carter's wife, Sondi Carter, called 911 around 11:50 p.m. Sunday to report she heard a loud noise and she feared someone was breaking into the 10,000-square-foot home off Northside Drive in Buckhead's affluent Tuxedo Park neighborhood.

According to the police report released Wednesday and obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sondi Carter was in bed with her two sons when she heard loud noises. They hid in a closet and she called 911, then texted her neighborhood patrol. A neighborhood patrol officer saw a man fleeing in a black SUV but was unable to catch him, The AJC reported.
 
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Two guns and more than $16,000 in cash were found discarded outside the home, police say.

Carter, 45, told police the recovered money was a small part of $100,000 in cash he kept in a bag in a closet, the report said.

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Police said a front window on the main house was shattered. Outside, officers found "a large amount of $100 bills spilled on the ground," along with a gold Desert Eagle handgun and a black Glock 26 pistol with an extended magazine, the police report said. The Desert Eagle gun was registered to Carter, but investigators believe the burglar was carrying the Glock and it fell when he fled the scene, the incident report said.

Carter married Ellen Rucker, a chiropractor, in July 2004. The couple divorced in 2006 and share one daughter. Carter and his wife Sondi Carter have a son and a daughter.

The 8-time All-Star guard/forward won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Toronto Raptors.

He played 5 years with the Brooklyn Nets (then in NJ) before moving on to play for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies.

He now works as a sports analyst for ESPN.

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Atlanta police barely missed apprehending a burglar who attempted to break into former NBA star Vince Carter's Buckhead mansion.

A woman called 911 around 11:50 p.m. Sunday to report she heard a loud noise and feared someone was breaking into the 10,000-square-foot home off Northside Drive.

Police arrived to see an unidentified man fleeing the home in Buckhead's affluent Tuxedo Park neighborhood.

Property records obtained by the AJC.com show the home is owned by former Atlanta Hawks and NBA great Vince Carter.

The woman was not injured, according to AJC.com, which is still waiting for police to release the incident report about the break-in. The woman was not identified and it is unclear if Carter was home at the time.

A police spokesman told the AJC the incident report would be made available Wednesday, June 22, but did not share a description of the suspected burglar or say if anything was stolen.

According to the Zillow listing, the gated house was built in 2016. Carter purchased the home for $7 million in 2020. The property description detailed the home's "state of the art home security" which includes 16 closed-circuit security cameras.

Carter also owns a home in Cleveland, Ohio. He works as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Jacqueline Avant, wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was shot and killed during a home invasion in the Beverly Hills area. She was 81.

Clarence Avant, was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and was at home with his wife of 54 years when at least one suspect forced entry into the residence, TMZ reports.

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The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Trousdale Estates, an affluent area of Beverly Hills. A 911 caller told the dispatcher someone had been shot. Mrs. Avant was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A family source tells TMZ the people who broke into the house fired shots and hit Jacqueline Avant. Clarence Avant, 90, was not injured.

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Jackie and Clarence's daughter is Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

Clarence, who owned various record labels and managed bold name artists, is affectionately known as the Godfather of Black Music.

He executive produced the film Save the Children, which was filmed at Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH Black Expo in Chicago in 1973.

On October 7, 2016, Avant received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jackie served as the President of the Neighbors of Watts, a support group that focused on child care. She was also on the Board of Directors of UCLA's International Student Center.

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Todrick Hall says his Los Angeles home was burglarized and that at least $50,000 worth of jewelry and designer handbags were stolen.

Hall fears the burglary was an inside job committed by someone he allowed into his inner circle.

The famed choreographer was in London when someone broke into his home and stole his belongings worth $48,500. He admits he worries that it was a member of his "close circle" who knew he was out of the country.

He wrote on social media:

"This happened less than an hour after my cat sitter left my home, and I'm just happy that my cats have all been found and are safe.

"I'm taking a break from social media for a few days to wrap my head around this and get my mind together. Be careful who you let in your close circle. They really will put your life and their life on the line just to steal a Louis/Gucci bag. Sad."

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The 36-year-old actor added:

"Just landed back in America to hundreds of messages and calls from my family and friends. I am ok and unharmed. I’m devastated that someone would do this to me, and even more disturbed to see people celebrating and laughing about it online."

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Sources believe Hall, who is openly ghey, was victimized by "trade" he picked up and took home for intimate encounters.

"Trade" is slang for a young men in their 20s or early 30s who trades or exchanges sex for money or goods.

"Trade" are not necessarily homosexual or even bisexual. Sometimes they perform sex acts with men as a means of survival.

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Floyd Mayweather is offering $100,000 for information on the crooks who burglarized one of his Las Vegas mansions while he was in Florida on business.

Floyd took to Instagram early Saturday morning to plead for help after his mansion was robbed of "valuable handbags and other belongings of substantial value."

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"One's home is their sanctuary, place of peace, relaxation and comfort. When someone violates that sanctuary, it is disturbing and hurtful," he wrote in a post, alongside a bag filled with cash.

"One of my homes was burglarized in Las Vegas. They stole many valuable handbags and other belongings of substantial value. I am offering at least $100,000.00 reward for information that leads to the return of my belongings. The level of disrespect and greed it takes for someone to do this is unfathomable. Thank you for [sic] to anyone who comes forward with any information. God bless."

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The semi-retired boxing champion is known for showing off his wealth on social media. There was little sympathy for him on the same platforms where he flaunts his diamonds and cars.

Floyd is expected to pocket about $35 million from his boxing exhibition with YouTuber Logan Paul that ended without a knockdown last week.
 

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Officials are investigating a Florida group home after two foster children ran away, broke into a residence, and opened fire on deputies with an AK-47.

The two children, identified as Travis O’Brien, 12 and Nicole Jackson, 14, ran away from Florida United Methodist Children's Home shelter in Enterprise, police say.

The children broke into a residence that was stocked with guns, including an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun, and a large cache of ammunition.

When deputies arrived, the two children went into the garage and opened fire with the AK-47 and a shotgun.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the children fired from multiple angles and the girl allegedly threatened to kill a sergeant.

The 14-year-old girl was shot twice in the upper torso and is listed in critical condition. The boy surrendered after the girl was shot. The home sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"They were coming out to kill cops," Chitwood said during a press conference. "And where do you learn to use this weaponry? At 12, I didn't know how to use an AK-47 or unload it and reload it or use a pump shotgun."

The two children face criminal charges, including attempted murder on law enforcement and armed burglary.

Police had been called to the foster care group home more than 200 times in the past.
 

 

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A 12-year-old boy shot and killed an intruder who shot his 73-year-old grandma during a home invasion robbery.

According to North Carolina officials, two masked men forced their way into a Goldsboro home and demanded money before shooting 73-year-old Linda Ellis.

"A 12-year-old juvenile occupant of the residence shot at the suspects with a firearm in self-defense, causing them to flee the area," said officials in a statement.

One of the suspects staggered to a nearby intersection where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police identified the deceased gunman as 19-year-old Khalil Herring, WRAL reported.

"Preliminary evidence suggest Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot during the robbery," wrote officials.

Ellis was hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg

Randolph Bunn, the great-uncle of the boy, was in the home at the time of the intrusion.

"They came in the house, I open the door, I open it, and they came in there. One guy had a gun. They just put me down on the ground," he told ABC 11.

Bunn said the boy shot at the intruder who "just shot his grandma" and "would have shot him too, he would've shot me too, he would've killed us all".

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Ellis' great niece Chiquita Coley said, "I just couldn't believe she been shot because she's a good person."

"Why would somebody come into her house and do this? It's got to stop," said Coley.

"I don't know what they're thinking around here in Goldsboro, but it's got to stop," she added.

The boy will not be charged, but the investigation is ongoing, said officials.

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The L.A. area home where late model Kim Porter died was recently hit by burglars. The home is owned by music mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs.

The burglary occurred while Combs and his family were staying at his Star Island, Florida home over the holidays.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, someone pried open a side door and entered the Toluca Lake home, California home triggering the security system.

A caretaker discovered the break-in and noticed the house had been rummaged through.

Cops took a burglary report and someone from Comb's family will have to take a look around to see what, if anything, is missing.

As you know, Kim, a model and actress, dated Combs on and off for 13 years and they had 3 children together, including twin girls and a son.

Kim, 47, was found dead in her bedroom in the home in November 2018 after losing her battle with double pneumonia brought on by the flu.

Burglars also targeted the L.A. area home of music producer Dr. Dre while he was hospitalized with a brain aneurysm.

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A Florida man died in a freak accident over the weekend when a window of the home he was allegedly burglarizing slammed down on his neck.

Jonathan Hernandez, 32, was alone when he climbed through a window at a home in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The window slammed down on Hernandez's neck, leaving him dangling in the air until he strangled to death.

Hernandez's family disputed law enforcement's account of the freak accident. They claim Hernandez was not a burglar, and that his death is suspicious.

His fiancée, Patricia Duarte, said the family was surprised by law enforcement's claim that Hernandez was a petty criminal who died in the commission of a burglary.

"Soon as I got there I'm like, there's no way. This isn't what happened," she told NBC2 News. "I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation. I need the actual truth to come to light."

But Lt. Russell Park, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said police found the convicted felon dead at the scene. Park said the window that Hernandez was climbing through "unexpectedly" slammed down on him and pinned him, "keeping him suspended in air" for some time until he died.

The family created a GoFundMe page for Hernandez's funeral expenses.

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Police in Los Angeles arrested a burglar who targeted the high end homes of R&B crooner Usher and an unidentified Real Housewives reality TV cast member.

The man is suspected of burglarizing Usher's Spanish-style villa in Los Angeles after attending an open house when the home was listed on the market in March 2018.

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Actress LisaRaye McCoy was spotted shopping with her adorable granddaughter, Bella Rae, and other family members at the Farmers Market in Studio City, Calif. on Sunday. Bella Rae is LisaRaye's first grandchild and the first child of LisaRaye's only child, Kai Morae Pace, who appeared in LisaRaye's reality TV show, "Being LisaRaye McCoy" in 2016.

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Atlanta police arrested a man suspected in at least 20 car thefts and home burglaries. Armani Hickson, 20, was arrested around noon Tuesday at a Union City motel where he was hiding with his girlfriend, Alisha McDaniel.

At least three other men are wanted for a crime spree in the Atlanta area, police told Channel 2 Action News.

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