The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman held against will
A woman called 911 dispatchers Sunday morning. She reported being held captive by her boyfriend for more than five hours at an Appling residence.
The 41-year-old said she and Erik Joseph Boudreau, 41, were involved in a verbal argument at about 2 a.m. She said she attempted to end the altercation by leaving the room, but he blocked her in.
She said tried to call 911 but Boudreau snatched her cell phone away and disconnected the home phones and hid them, along with her cell phone.
She said she managed to run outside to the garage and screamed for help, but Boudreau dragged her back inside the home on the 2500 block of Louisville Road. The woman said she tried to escape several times, but no one heard her cries for help.
At one point, the woman grabbed a knife and gun to help with her escape. She said Boudreau forcefully removed them from her hands.
She said she was held captive in her bedroom until about 7 a.m. when Boudreau gave her the phone back.
She told Boudreau she was calling to check on a friend but sent her ex-husband a text message asking him to call 911. She then called 911 herself and asked for a deputy to come to her residence.
Boudreau took the phone away from her and told dispatchers that the call was a false alarm.
The woman screamed for helped while he was still connected to 911, and deputies arrived soon after.
Authorities found several bruises and scratches on the woman’s arms and legs. Her shirt was torn and dirty.
There was a small puncture wound on Boudreau’s chest from the struggle for the knife.
Boudreau was charged with false imprisonment and obstructing or hindering persons making an emergency telephone call. He is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.
Man reports robbery in laundry room
A man doing laundry in a Martinez apartment complex told authorities Sunday night that he was robbed of his wallet.
The 31-year-old said that as he went into the laundry room at Ridge Crossing Apartments about 9 p.m. to remove his clothes from the washer and two men inside the room told him to give them his wallet. One of the men reached in his pocket and showed him a knife.
The victim tried to run but another man was waiting outside and blocked the door. He was thrown to the ground and pinned down while one man took his wallet, which contained $800 and his ID card. He said the men ran off after taking his wallet.
Gun flashed at motorists
A couple driving on Interstate 20 Thursday said a motorist waved a gun in their direction before driving past them.
The husband said he refused to let the motorist merge into eastbound traffic on I-20, causing the man to yell at him from his car window. The two men continued to argue from their vehicles.
Before driving off, the man flashed a pistol but did not point it at the couple.
Woman’s car stolen outside hotel
A woman who parked in front of a Grovetown hotel reported her car stolen just 20 minutes later.
The 47-year-old said she parked in front of the Wingate Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 2:55 p.m. on Aug. 29 and went inside to use the fax machine.
When she returned at 3:15 p.m., her 2007 Chrysler 300 had been moved from the parking lot.
The woman said she had one of two sets of keys with her. The other pair was with her husband in Florida.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Aug. 26-Sept. 1
Medical calls, 24; vehicle wrecks, eight; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle fires, two; assist citizens, one; investigations, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; electrical incidents, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, one; structure fire, three; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; alarm out of service, one; gas line rupture, one; test, one; and wood/brush/grass fires, one.