Airbnb guest ties up, robs homeowner at gunpoint, police say

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Police say a man who used Airbnb to rent a room in the US state of Georgia robbed the home’s owner at gunpoint.

A homeowner in the metro Atlanta suburb of Buford called the police saying an armed man who had rented his basement through the room-sharing app had fled after stealing his wallet.

An Airbnb guest robbed an Airbnb robber. Credit: Alamy

According to a police report, the renter checked in late on Tuesday and within an hour sent a text message to the owner upstairs saying the toilet was leaking. The homeowner told officers he was checking the toilet when he turned to see renter pointing a gun at him.

He said the renter bound his hands and feet with zip ties and fled with his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards, according to police.

Officers identified a 26-year-old suspect using the ID the renter had on file with Airbnb, the police report said. Police identified the suspect as Khalil Hamilton.

“Khalil has ties to Texas and Philadelphia and is considered armed and dangerous.”

Police obtained an arrest warrant for the renter on charges including armed robbery and aggravated assault. No arrests had been reported as of Sunday.


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