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Judge sets bond in home invasion case

Posted: November 4, 2011 - 5:42pm

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A judge granted bond Friday for two teens accused in an armed home invasion on Oct. 30.

Four teens and an 11-year-old were arrested Oct. 30, accused of the armed home invasion in Grovetown.

Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett set $20,000 bonds for armed robbery charges against Nicholas Dwight Blodgett, 17, of Magnolia Parkway in Grovetown, and Mario Lavache Jones Jr., 17, of Milledgeville Road in Augusta, at a bond hearing Friday.

Bonds for the two now total $90,200 for Blodgett, and $85,300 for Jones.

They are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center charged with charges of burglary, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In addition to the bonds, both also have a 6 p.m. curfew, can have no contact with the victim and cannot go into the Lake Royal subdivision.

Jones also is not allowed to have firearms, Pickett said.

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.

Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered at a Monday hearing that the three juveniles involved in the home invasion be held without bond.

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 the next morning.

 

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