Residents in the tony Rilman Road neighborhood in Buckhead can rest a little easier.

Police say the recent Saturday afternoon home invasion and robbery of silver items from a home in the 3000 block of Rilman Road turned out not to be what it first appeared.

Atlanta Police Zone 2 officers responded to a 911 report of a home invasion at the Buckhead on Saturday, Feb. 5. They found the son of the owners bound and gagged and silver items reported missing.

The incident took place in a neighborhood of multi-million-dollar homes just off West Paces Ferry Road near Paces Academy and not far from the Governor’s Mansion.

Police spokesperson Kimberly Maggart said police officers found the resident of the home gagged with a sock in his mouth and with his hands and feet bound with a zip tie. His thighs were taped shut with duct tape.

According to Zone 2 Commander Maj. Robert Browning, the 23-year-old son of the owners “told police that he came back from the McDonald’s on Northside Parkway and walked in on a man in the house wearing a mask and with a gun.”

The young man said the intruder “made him tie himself up and use zip ties,” the major told representatives at the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting Feb. 10.

The police report said the suspect left the home with silver items.

“We found out that the son pawned that silver on Feb. 9,” Browning said.

The zone commander said the police will deal with their part of the investigation “and let the parents deal with their son.”

John Schaffner

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.