A juvenile court judge has denied bond for two teens and an 11-year-old accused in an armed home invasion, noting their criminal histories and considering them a danger to the community.
Four teens and an 11-year-old were arrested Sunday, accused of the armed home invasion in Grovetown.
Nicholas Dwight Blodgett, 17, of Magnolia Parkway in Grovetown, and Mario Lavache Jones Jr., 17, of Milledgeville Road in Augusta, are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond on charges of burglary, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Jermaine Marcell Jones Jr., 14, of Murphy Road in Augusta, Antonio Marquette Davis, 15, of Floyd Street, in Augusta, and Zion Howard, 11, of Augusta, are being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center on the same charges.
The three juveniles appeared this afternoon before Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan, who ordered them held without bond. Flanagan noted that the three have criminal histories and warned that they are a danger to themselves and to the community.
The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Royal subdivision off Old Belair Road, Grovetown. A woman called the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and said a group of young men threatened her at gunpoint.
The woman said she was in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s Lake Royal Drive home, where she saw someone approach the front door. When they rang the bell repeatedly, the women said she ran to the door to keep them from waking her boyfriend.
When she answered the door, a teenager asked if “Bill” was home. When she replied no Bill was there, another teen hiding to her left pointed a silver pistol in her face. He backed the woman up into the house and made her lay face-down on the floor. She saw feet of four people.
Another of the assailants demanded to know who else was home. The woman said, “He is upstairs. Quiet or you’ll wake him up.” When her boyfriend opened his upstairs bedroom door and began loading a rifle, the boys fled.
As they left, the woman said she saw that another of her attackers had a gun.
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy saw three young men run across Lake Royal Drive headed toward South Old Belair Road. An older Ford F-150 truck either stopped or moved slowly toward the deputy near the intersection.
As a fourth young man ran across the road to join the other three, the deputy drew his gun and ordered him on the ground. The young man just ran harder and jumped a fence into Magnolia neighborhood along with his partners.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said police set up a perimeter. Mario Jones, Jermaine Jones, Davis and Howard were arrested shortly thereafter. While interviewing the young men, police discovered Blodgett also was involved in the home invasion. He was arrested early Monday.