Marlo Hampton and the mother of one of rapper Future’s children are among the victims of a string of recent home invasions in Sandy Springs, Ga. — a suburb of Atlanta.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star detailed the July 1 attempted burglary on Wednesday, saying she and at least one of her two live-in teenage nephews were home when armed, masked men kicked down her door.
“When I heard the boom, when I heard my nephew scream — and I knew that scream was a scream of fear — my heart dropped,” Hampton told WSB-TV.
She said she went to a panic room and called 9-1-1 but that the suspects fled before police arrived, likely because they heard screams.
“I just thank God, and we’re covered in the blood of Jesus, and I’m here to share this story with you,” she said.
“But my main concern is, I want all the ladies — I want everyone — to be aware if you are posting items. If you do have luxury items, be careful.”
Hampton, 46, has been caring for her sister’s sons — Michael, 15, and William, 13 — for years while their mother deals with personal issues.
The “RHOA” star’s home invasion comes nine months after fellow Bravolebrity — “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Dorit Kemsley — was robbed at gunpoint inside her Encino, Calif., mansion.
However, the Sandy Springs Police Department (SSPD) believes the men who broke into Hampton’s house are members of a gang connected to at least 15 home invasions that have mostly targeted celebrities in the area.
On Sunday morning, SSPD officers took down and arrested four alleged members of the gang as they attempted to break into the townhouse of the mom of one of Future’s eight kids, whose identity was not made public.
It’s unclear whether anyone was home at the time, but officers were reportedly staking out the woman’s property in anticipation that she might be a target.
“We got lucky, and we got right,” Sgt. Matt McGinnis told WSB-TV, adding that he and his team have been working on a deep investigation into the gang’s past “for at least a year.”
McGinnis said the four suspects in custody have been charged with crimes related to Sunday’s events. However, he believes there are many more members of the gang involved in the high-profile invasions.