Crime

Georgia Brothers Accused In Violent Attack On Parents But Motive Uncertain, Police Say

| by Jared Keever

Two Atlanta-area parents are recovering from injuries after police say their two sons attacked them in their Gwinnett County home and may have tried to start a fire. 

Gwinnett County police spokesman Sgt. Rich Long told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigators are still trying to determine a motive behind the incident. 

Police say they first became aware of trouble at the suburban home when Yvonne Ervin placed a 911 call on Sept. 5 saying that her sons, one who is 17 and Christopher Ervin, 22, were trying to kill her and her husband, Zachary Ervin, WSB News reports. 

She reportedly told the 911 operator that her husband was distracting her sons so she could place the emergency call. 

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Police arrived shortly after the call and reportedly found both parents severely injured. They were transported to a nearby hospital and are both expected to survive. 

Zachary had reportedly been stabbed multiple times. The exact nature of Yvonne’s injuries have not been reported. 

Police took the 17-year-old and Christopher into custody. Opposing Views does not name minors accused of crimes.

The brothers have since been charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and first degree arson, according to The Journal-Constitution. 

Long told the paper a gas line in the home had been tampered with and there was evidence the two had “tried to start a fire” but did not elaborate. 

Neighbor, Clint Miller, who has lived near the family for four years, told WSB he was shocked by the news. 

“You would never even expect that,” he said. “They're just an everyday normal family in the neighborhood.”

Police are still searching for a reason. 

“We’re still investigating motive,” Long told WXIA News on Sept. 6. “[The boy and Christopher] have been interviewed, they have been cooperative. Yet confirmation of what their motive is, is still a mystery to us.”

The two are scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Sept. 11.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB News, WXIA News / Photo credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution