A Grovetown man charged with burglary after officers caught him burglarizing a home also was charged in connection to a recent home invasion.
James Carlton Williams, 43, of Booker Street, was charged with two counts of burglary, armed robbery, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of obstruction of law enforcement.
On July 11, a Tofiske Street resident was called by a neighbor who told authorities his dog started barking and when he looked outside, he saw a neighbor’s front porch light out, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report. Officers found the light out and the front screen door open and the front door kicked in. One of the officers went behind the house and heard movement.
The back door was unlocked. The officer went inside and called out, but got no response. Both officers cleared the home, room by room. When they checked a middle bedroom, the officers found a man, later identified as Williams, under two mattresses on the floor. Williams told the officers that he lived in the home.
Williams refused to obey an officer’s command to put his hands on the wall and continue to say that he lived there.
Officers searched Williams and found a screwdriver and a flashlight in his front pocket. They also found Williams’ Georgia Parole identification card, state ID card and his Society Security card. Williams was arrested.
The homeowner met officers at the house and confirmed he’d locked the home on July 6 and that no one had permission to be inside.
After Williams arrest, the victims of a July 6 home invasion identified him as the man who broke into their mobile home. Investigator James Tredore said at about 10:30 p.m., Williams kicked up the door to a mobile home at 501 Katherine Street and demanded money from the couple inside. Williams then drew a knife and demanded money again. The couple gave him some cash. As the woman tried to call 911, Tredore said Williams grabbed her cell phone and ran away.
The victim of a July 2 burglary also identified Williams as the man she saw standing in the doorway of her Katherine Street home. She asked who he was and Williams ran away.
Williams is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.