Joshua David Cole, 26 of Dalton, was arrested for the crime.
He is charged with Burglary, False Imprisonment, Theft by Taking, Armed Robbery, Financial Transaction Card Theft and Fraud, Terroristic Threats and Acts, Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Exploitation and Intimidation of an Elder Person, and other charges. The suspect was discovered to have some methamphetamine in his possession at the time of his arrest, and additional charges are expected, according to a press release from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's spokesman Rickey Swiney said the homeowner heard a noise and went to investigate about 3:45 a.m. and surprised a white male in his kitchen.
Cole bound the homeowner with masking tape and robbed the house of firearms and other items. He loaded the stolen goods in the victim's car, a 1992 silver Buick Regal, plate number PPA7378, and drove away. The victim was restrained for several hours, according to the press release.
The department released a sketch of Cole to local news outlets and received calls identifying a potential suspect. Officers located Cole in Catoosa County in the parking lot of a warehouse.
The victim managed to free himself and went to a nearby home to call authorities. He was bruised but did not need medical attention, Swiney said.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist produced an image of the assailant, whom the victim described as in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, with short brown hair.