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Texas residents charged in home invasion

Jail records show Roswell police have charged seven men, including three from Houston for a violent home invasion of a family Wednesday night.

Raj Sharma told investigators five masked gunman broke into his Windsor Woods Drive home about 7:30 Wednesday, and demanded gold jewelry from him.

“They kept telling me to get down on the ground, get down on the ground,” he told Channel 2′s Mike Petchenik.  “I can tell you this is the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life.”

According to a police report released by Roswell police, Sharma told investigators the suspects in his case all appeared to be speaking Spanish to one another.  They were dressed in all black and wore masks to hide their faces, he said.

Police would not release the names or mug shots of the suspects, but Petchenik has confirmed their identities through city jail logs.  Petchenik found seven men with charges tied to the case number on the police report:

Hector Jesus Claudio-Martinez, 28, of Houston
Manuel Angel Garcia-Gome, 25, of  Atlanta
Angel Manuel Soto-Serrano, 32, of Houston
Joel Fontanez-Martinez, 33, of Marietta
Brayan Estiven Preciado-Mosquera 22, of Marietta
Jamie Ruben Gutierrez-Perez, 21, of Marietta
Victor Hugo Preciado-Montano, 21, of Houston

The records indicate each suspect is charged with armed robbery, but that other charges were pending.

An eighth person is being held at the Cobb County Jail, but police spokesman Mike Bowman could not confirm an identity.

Investigators believe the crew could be behind several similar attacks in East Cobb County, Mableton and Alpharetta that targeted families of Indian descent.  Police have said the suspects in those cases were looking for ornamental gold, sometimes found in the homes of traditional Indian families.

(Reprinted from http://www.wsbtv.com, December 30, 2011)

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