The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Intruder leaves powder tracks
An Evans woman recently told authorities that she has evidence that someone has been coming into her apartment while she’s at work.
The 56-year-old woman said that on Aug. 20, someone came into her apartment and stole $50 worth of pain patches. She called the front desk of her apartment complex on Old Evans Road and confirmed no maintenance personnel were scheduled to be in her home.
The woman said she feels that someone has been coming into her apartment and staying there while she’s not home. She said it appeared someone was just inside her apartment and would have washed the bedsheets because their color seemed faded.
Even after changing the locks several times with the last time in late June, the woman followed the apartment maintenance department’s advice and put powder near the front door. The woman said she has seen footprints in the powder.
No one except the woman and the complex maintenance department has a key to her apartment.
Deputies are threatened by drunk man
An intoxicated Martinez man found on his neighbor’s porch Thursday was later arrested for threatening deputies and brandishing a butcher knife.
John David Bowden, 55, of Old Plantation Road, was charged with terroristic threats or acts and public drunkenness.
Bowden’s neighbor called deputies at about 10:30 a.m. and said she heard someone at her door trying to get in. She opened the door and found Bowden lying down on her porch. Bowden told the woman that he was very drunk and needed help starting his truck. The woman called 911. When she chuckled at something in conversation with the dispatcher, Bowden threatened to beat her for laughing at him and said he’d been to prison 14 times.
Deputies found Bowden, who appeared to be very intoxicated, lying on the porch and complaining his back hurt. He had blood on his knees. When medical personnel arrived, Bowden balled up his fists and said he’d fight. He was calmed down and taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment. Deputies found the front door of Bowden’s home open and deputies cleared the house.
He wanted his truck, which was in his neighbor’s driveway, towed to an auto repair shop.
At about 10:30 p.m., two deputies went to Bowden’s home to serve him with a county ordinance citation for public drunkenness. Bowden didn’t initially answer, but eventually asked who was at the door after the deputies knocked and announced themselves several times. Bowden didn’t answer, though they could hear him behind the door. After they knocked and announced again, Bowden hollered, “I am going to kill you.” When asked to repeat himself, Bowden repeated the threat.
After a few minutes, Bowden tried to quickly open the door, but it was secured with a chain lock. He slammed the door, unfastened the chain and opened it. Deputies saw Bowden standing in the doorway holding a butcher knife about chest-high with the blade pointing down. When asked to drop it, Bowden tossed the knife on the floor and was quickly arrested. He never made any movements towards the deputies.
The deputies said Bowden appeared extremely intoxicated and could not walk without stumbling, slurred his speech and smelled like urine. While being arrested, Bowden said that he didn’t use the peephole in the door.
Bowden was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday after posting a $3,100 bond, according to jailers.
Man scammed by fake Lowe’s manager
A Columbia County man called authorities Thursday after realizing he’d been scammed by someone claiming to be a Lowe’s manager.
The 56-year-old man said that on Aug. 1, he was approached at the Barn Yard Flea Market by a man who said he was a manager at the Martinez Lowe’s store and could get him a great deal on returned lawn mowers.
The man called the supposed manager and picked him up at Red Lobster in Augusta on Thursday. The pair went to the Lowe’s on Bobby Jones Expressway, where the stranger asked the man to stay in the vehicle and he’d bring the mowers outside. The alleged manager also asked for $1,200, which the man gave him, before going inside the store. He never returned. The man went inside and confirmed the alleged manager was not a store employee.
Peacemaker gets hit
A man trying to break up a fight over a buttocks tattoo was hit in the head during the struggle.
The 21-year-old man said he was trying to break up a fight between two men at a Martinez home. He said during the scuffle, one of the men hit him on the side of the head with a crow bar, causing a laceration to his ear.
The man who hit him left the home and deputies stopped his car nearby. The driver admitted he and another man were fighting because the other man had the driver’s girlfriend’s name tattooed on his buttocks. As they fought, a third man tried to break it up and he admitted hitting him with a fist in the head, causing the ear laceration.
The victim opted not to prosecute.
Martinez woman victim of scam
A Martinez woman told police Saturday that she’d been scammed through Facebook.
The 59-year-old woman said she received a message, from someone posing as her Facebook friend, stating she’d won $150,000 from the government. The message said she’d receive a friend request from a government agent named Michael Williams and he’d explain the details after she accepted his request. She accepted the request and the “agent” said she needed to send a $3,000 money order to cover shipping and taxes to claim her prize. She didn’t have $3,000, but the man agreed to let her send $300 as a first payment.
The woman went to a grocery store and got the money order and sent it to the Carlisle, Ariz., address the man provided. The woman told the man she’d sent the money. He told her she needed to send the balance immediately and began asking for her personal information and credit card number.
Concerned she was being scammed, the woman called her Facebook friend. That friend confirmed someone had hacked her Facebook account and was sending out fraudulent messages under her name.