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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Airbnb guest robs homeowner at gunpoint; Police investigating

Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2023. 3:00 pm CST.

By Horace Palacio: In a disturbing incident reported by The Washington Post, a man who booked a room in Buford, a suburb of metro Atlanta, using Airbnb, allegedly robbed the homeowner at gunpoint.

The homeowner reached out to the Gwinnett County police, reporting that the guest he had rented his basement to had made off with his wallet at gunpoint.

The events took a dark turn shortly after the guest checked in. Within an hour of his arrival, the renter sent a text message to the homeowner, who was upstairs, complaining of a leaking toilet.

As the owner was attending to the reported leak, he was confronted by the renter who then brandished a gun at him.

The homeowner was bound by his hands and feet using zip ties. After the robbery, the assailant fled the scene with the homeowner’s wallet, which was filled with cash and credit cards.

Gwinnett County police, based on the ID that the renter used to register with Airbnb, have identified a 26-year-old as the prime suspect in this case.

The police have procured an arrest warrant against the said individual on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. However, as of Sunday, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.


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