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Man jumps off balcony to escape robbery suspect
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Man jumps off balcony to escape robbery suspect

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 65-year-old man was hurt after jumping off a third-floor apartment balcony to get away from a robbery suspect.

Paul James suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident, which happened Jan. 6 at the Lake Colony Apartments in the 2900 block of Lake Colony Drive in southern Gwinnett County. Responding officers found him lying on the ground behind an apartment building.

James told police that he and the suspect, 29-year-old Jason Houston, were inside a unit when Houston pulled out a knife and held it to the victim's neck. Houston tied the victim's wrists behind his back with a cable and forced him to lie on the floor, according to police.

The suspect stole a wallet, a cell phone, an electric guitar and cash from the unit before running. James said he feared Houston would come back, so he locked the apartment door and then jumped from the balcony.

Houston was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and exploitation of an elder person.

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