An Augusta man recently arrested for shooting an Evans man in the leg was charged with a similar crime less than two years ago.
Columbia County authorities charged Trelon O’Neal Baker, 20, of Fox Trace, on Tuesday with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Authorities say Baker shot Jamal Antwan Fielding, 25, shortly after midnight Monday. Fielding told deputies that he was sitting on a bench behind the Westwood Club Apartments Clubhouse at about midnight when two men and two women approached him and demanded his cash and jewelry, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. When Fielding refused, Baker shot him in the thigh, the police report states.
Fielding ran to his apartment, where his fiancee called 911. Hi injuries were not life-threatening, Morris said.
The 16-year-old who lived at the complex was being visited by her 17-year-old friend, Makayla Gabrielle Ivey, 17, of Grovetown, and Baker, Morris said.
Ivey was charged Wednesday with making false statements or writings; concealing facts for lying to authorities investigating the shooting, according to Morris. She was released from the jail after posting a $10,100 bond.
The incident isn’t Baker’s first brush with area law enforcement. In September 2012, he was accused in a similar incident in Richmond County. A 23-year-old man was found lying in his driveway. The man said he’d been shot in the lower leg by a 17-year-old named Trelon.
Baker was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He pled guilty to those charges in March 2013 and was sentenced to a year in prison and two years probation.
Simple battery charges related to an assault on a 14-year-old girl on the same day were dropped.
Baker’s criminal history goes farther back than the 2012 shooting. He was charged in December 2011 with carrying a concealed weapon and driving without a license, on a suspended registration and without proof of insurance. He pled nolo contendre to those charges and received a total of 60 days in jail, 22 months probation and a total of $1,905 in fines, according to records in the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court’s office.
After pleading nolo contendre to a January 2012 criminal trespass family violence charges, Baker was sentenced to four months confinement and was sentenced to more probation and community service after pled nolo contendre to a June 2013 obstruction of law enforcement charge.
Baker was charged again in April with driving without taillights, a license, proof of insurance and affixing a license plate with intent to conceal. That case remains open.
Morris said that the two teenage girls and another man with Baker at the apartment complex were not involved in the shooting and Baker did not know Fielding.
“It was a random act of violence,” Morris said.
The 16-year-old who lived at the complex was being visited by her 17-year-old friend, her boyfriend and Baker, Morris said. Authorities obtained a warrant for the 17-year-old for making false statements.