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Armed suspects sought in Rockwell home invasion

Authorities are searching for two armed gunmen involved in a Tuesday night Rockwell home invasion. The occupants of a home in the 1000 block of Average Drive say two men in all black clothing came into the home just before 9 p.m.
The men tied a woman up with a bikini strap and held her and a man at gunpoint.
Nicholas Watts and Jessica Helms said they’d been out of the home prior to the break-in. The two said the men kicked in the door and held Helms on the floor. The armed men found a bikini in a nearby drawer and bound her with it.
When she asked the men why they were there, one of the gunmen said, “This is what we do,” a report said.
The suspects took $10 from Helms’ purse and six or eight Klonopin pills from her. The men took $160 from Watts’ wallet.
The first suspect was a black man, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, stocky build. The suspect’s hair was “clean cut” and he had tattoos all over both of his arms. He was wearing a black V-neck T-shirt, dark jeans and a black bandana covering his face.
Helms and Watts noted the bandana kept slipping to reveal a tear drop tattoo below his eye.
The second suspect was a black man, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, thin build, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was also wearing dark clothing and a bandana covering his face. The second suspect’s bandana also slipped down to reveal a tear drop tattoo under his eye and gold caps on his bottom front teeth.
Both men had on blue gardening gloves and neither had facial hair.
Witnesses said they saw the two men who matched the descriptions running from the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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