Held at gunpoint while thieves ransacked his home. That's what happened to a Savannah man Monday on the city's East side-- at the Jasmine Place Apartment Complex located on Downing avenue. News 3 spoke with the victim about the home invasion that has him speaking out to warn other residents that it could happen to them.
Tobias Mulligan was relaxing at home Monday afternoon when the nightmare began. He says, "I heard a bang at the door, sounded like a dump truck had dropped a load of something. It was loud. It shook the whole house." He heard it again a few moments later and peeked his head out the bedroom door to see what was happening. "Someone had knocked down my door. Two armed men wearing masks kicked in my door." He tried ducking back into his room, but was ordered out, he and his brother held at gunpoint while the home invaders went to work. "He was asking me where the money was at, where the money was at. Told him exactly what I had in the house and where he could find it and what valuables I had, and he instructed me to start disconnecting my electronics and my TV and get a bag for it and I did just as he asked," says Mulligan.
A gun pointed at him by one man as the other searched the apartment, Mulligan says, "After I had disconnected it, I was instructed to go into the bathroom. He followed behind me with the rifle to the back of my head, instructed me to lay face down in the bathtub and held a gun on the back of my head and said do not get up." That's where he stayed, his brother in the bathroom next door, until they heard the men leave. They found a phone and called authorities, who were on the scene within minutes. The incident has the brothers concerned about the danger they and their neighbors are in. Mulligan says, "There's family houses around here. I mean there's schools, there's children that play right outside. This was in the middle of the afternoon, noon on a Monday afternoon, and someone is as bold to kick in your door at gunpoint and hold you down in the bathtub at gunpoint for a few dollars and some electronics, it just makes you wonder. I mean, what are people thinking? How desperate are people?"
Mulligan said this isn't the first time there's been an incident like this at the Jasmine Place Apartment complex. A check of Metro's interactive crime map confirmed two other incidents listed as "forced burglaries" at that complex in the last two months. The complex has a gate-- but it wasn't functioning Monday. Metro Police took four men into custody Monday afternoon for questioning in the home invasion. Police say they were found at a home in the 1600 block of East 37th street. No word yet on their identities, or whether they will face charges.