GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (TCD) — Police are searching for a man they allege bound his Airbnb host with zip ties, then took his wallet while holding him at gunpoint.
According to Gwinnett County Police, on Sept. 26 at 10:05 p.m., Khalil Hamilton checked into his Airbnb on Seed Way. He was renting the basement space from the victim, Jason Ling. At 10:43 p.m., Hamilton allegedly texted Ling and told him the toilet was leaking. Ling went to the basement bathroom to fix the problem, and when he turned around, Hamilton reportedly “had a black handgun and a white Taser pointed at him.”
Ling told police Hamilton forced him to get on the ground. Then, Hamilton allegedly bound his hands and feet with zip ties.
The arrest report says Ling told Hamilton he could “take whatever you want, just don’t hurt me and my family.”
Ling’s son and mother were in the residence when the purported robbery occurred, but they did not witness it.
Hamilton allegedly demanded Ling to give him his wallet, money, and cards. Ling told him where the find the wallet “so that Khalil would not hurt him or his family.” Hamilton got the wallet from upstairs, then returned with Ling’s backpack.
Before he left, Hamilton allegedly told Ling, “You’re a dumbass.”
Ling ultimately escaped by “twisting and turning his wrist.” When he freed himself, he ran upstairs and called police. Ling had surveillance footage of Hamilton, which he shared with police. Hamilton is believed to be traveling in a late 1990s Honda Accord with a Texas license plate that does not belong to his vehicle.
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