Bond denied for attorney accused of trying to rob bank
A judge denied bond Thursday for an Evans attorney accused of attempting to rob a bank in June.
Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. refused to grant a bond for Ronald Jin Pak, 48, at a hearing Thursday. Blanchard said he believes Pak, who has a history of mental illness, to be a threat to society.
“There’s no indication what his behavior will be with or without medication,” Blanchard said.
Pak was arrested June 3 as he was leaving the Wells Fargo Bank at 489 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.
Pak entered the bank and stood at a table, but denied assistance from tellers before leaving, District Attorney Ashley Wright said at the hearing. He returned and told a teller twice that he had a gun and told her to put the money in a bag. Because the teller didn’t have a bag, Pak asked her what to use. Pak didn’t show a weapon and left without receiving any money, and was apprehended while driving away from the bank parking lot.
Pak’s attorney, Paul Balducci, said Pak has a history of Bipolar and Manic Depressive disorders and is in the process of surrendering his license to practice law.
Pak has had several run-ins with the law including a 1996 arrest in Dekalb County for terroristic threats, which was reduced to a misdemeanor. He also was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault against deputies trying to take him into custody on a commitment order in 1998. Those charges were dismissed after he received treatment and was stable.
He also was arrested for criminal damage to property after an incident at his mother’s house in 2002.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Real trooper nabs imposter
A man impersonating a Georgia State Trooper on a phone was busted by a real one who overheard the conversation.
A woman said a man claiming to be Trooper Brent Marxson, with badge number 270, answered her sister-in-law’s cell phone just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. The man said if she didn’t stop calling he’d have her arrested for harassing phone calls. Suspecting the man wasn’t a real trooper, the woman called the Georgia State Patrol post in Washington. A dispatcher confirmed Marxson was the on-duty trooper, but his badge number was different.
Marxson told a deputy he didn’t know anything about the incident and wasn’t involved.
An off-duty trooper was eating at a Thomson restaurant and overheard a bartender on a cell phone mention Marxson’s name. Five minutes later, Marxson called his colleague about the incident. The off-duty trooper confronted the bartender, who admitted lying to the woman on the phone in an attempt to get her to stop calling.
Phony $100 bill comes apart
A fake bill used at an Evans department store fell apart.
An employee of Kohls in Mullins Crossing told deputies that a woman paid for items with a counterfeit $100 bill at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The employee said the front and back portions of the bill, which appeared to have been taped and glued together, came apart.
The shopper who used the bill is described as a black woman, 30-40 years old, 5-5 to 5-6 wearing a blue shirt and brown shorts.
Meter is rigged to steal power
Someone rigged a power meter at a Grovetown trailer park to steal electricity.
A Jefferson Energy Cooperative manager called deputies Wednesday after discovering someone rewired a meter box at the park at 5439 Old Augusta Highway near Grovetown. The manager said an employee arrived to install a new meter and found that the existing meter box was rewired to bypass the meter and provide free electricity to a residence. Power was disconnected from the home in January and hasn’t been turned back on.
The employee said the way the meter was rewired would have caused the new meter, which he was there to install, to explode and possibly hurt him.
A couple living in the mobile home told a deputy that they had no idea the meter was rewired. The woman said she’s lived in the home prior to January when her power was disconnected.
The park owner is responsible for repairs from the main supply line to the residences. He is unsure if he would seek charges against the residents or just have them evicted.
Landlord reports threat to police
The landlord of a Martinez rental home told police Wednesday that he was threatened by the family of someone he recently evicted.
The 38-year-old landlord said tenants of his Allison Road rental home were extremely upset upon recently receiving a notice of eviction. The tenants were evicted Tuesday evening.
When the landlord returned to the home Wednesday morning, he found a threatening letter inside the home. The letter stated that there was a “special place in hell” for him and that the author would “help him get there sooner.”
The author signed his name and insinuated he was the father of a woman evicted from the home.