(SL) – Two Atlanta-area brothers are behind bars and charged with multiple felonies after police said they attempted to kill their own parents over the weekend.
Yvonne Ervin called 911 Saturday morning and reported that she and husband Zachary were being attacked in their own home.
The perpetrators, she told police, were their own children: 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher.
“(Yvonne Ervin) stated to our 911 operator that her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told CNN.But quick thinking from both mother and father enabled Yvonne to briefly escape from their sons long enough to call for help.
Yvonne Ervin dialed 911 from the family home in Snellville just before 8 a.m. to alert police that “her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told WSB-TV.
“She told the 911 operator that the husband was distracting the sons and she was able to call,” Long said. “That is probably the life-saving move from this event.”
Police arrived at the Forbes Trail home moments later and caught Cameron Ervin, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22, at the scene, Long told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Zachary Ervin, their father, was “severely injured and bleeding heavily,” and his wife was “seriously injured,” Long said. Both went to a nearby hospital, the newspaper reported.
Officers at the scene picked up a “strong odor of natural gas” at the house, Long told the Journal-Constitution. Investigators discovered that someone had tampered with the home’s gas line, and they suspect the brothers of plotting to burn up the house, according to WSB-TV.
Both brothers now face two felony counts of aggravated assault and two counts of arson in the first degree, according to county inmate records. They’re not eligible for bond.
“There is no official motive at this point, but there has to be something more to this. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to kill their parents yesterday,” Long said on Sunday.