The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman kidnapped, robbed
A woman called police Friday evening after she said she was kidnapped from a Martinez parking lot and forced to withdraw money for her attackers.
The 46-year-old woman said she was sitting in the parking lot of Goodwill at 3179 Washington Road in Augusta at about 6:45 p.m. when two women approached her. They told the woman there was a man sitting in a car that would kill her if she didn’t give up all of her money. When she said she had no money, the woman said her attackers got into her car and forced her to call a toll free number to check the balance on her debit card.
After hearing the account balance, the women forced the woman to drive to Wells Fargo bank at 3730 Washington Road in Martinez and withdraw the money. The woman said she did as she was asked, went into the bank, withdrew $2,000 and gave it to the women. She was then ordered to drive to Beall’s Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway and go inside for 10 minutes. When the woman returned to her car, she said the two women were gone.
Man reports blackmail
An Evans man said Friday that a woman he met online used a naked video to blackmail him.
The 22-year-old man said that a friend gave a woman his Skype ID and said to contact him. The woman, who goes by Katherine Richards from Nevada, contacted him and they’ve been talking via Skype for a few months.
On Friday, the woman told the man she’d recorded one of their conversations in which the man was naked. The woman demanded $900 or she’d post the video to Facebook or YouTube. The man said he didn’t have the money, but continued to talk to the woman to convince her not to make the video public.
The woman told the man to send the money via Western Union to Hanzel Cuaresma in the Philippines.
The man hasn’t sent any money, but said he does want to prosecute the woman if she is identified.
Online boyfriend harassed woman
A Grovetown woman said Sunday that a man she met online harassed her.
The 20-year-old said she met a man named “Jaris” online and he has continuously texted her. On Jan. 25, the woman said she texted Jaris stating she couldn’t go on a date with him because she was sick. After that, he began calling and texting the woman cussing at her. On Sunday, the woman said she again told Jaris not to text her and he cursed at her again.
Later Sunday evening, the woman said she began getting calls from strange numbers. She discovered there was a post on www.CraigsList.com under the title “Hit me up - f4m” listed her phone number.
She contacted the Web site about the post and that her phone number was being made public without her permission. The ad was deleted.
The woman said she couldn’t provide much information about Jaris.
A deputy called him, but got voice mail and left a message.
Vandals damage baseball fields
A Martinez-Evans Little League official called police Saturday after discovering someone damaged the baseball fields when they were covered in snow earlier the week.
The official said that someone rode at four-wheeled ATV on all five baseball fields at the league park on Collins Drive. The ATV driver spun tires damaging the grass fields .
The damage was likely done while the fields were covered with ice and snow.
Man sees thief run from vehicle
A man told authorities Thursday that he saw a man running from a car that had been broken into.
The witness said he was pulling into the Augusta Staffing parking lot at 218 Oak Street North at about 11 a.m. when he saw a man run from a Nissan Murano and leave in a black four-door sedan. The man said he thought that was odd behavior so he drive around behind the Nissan and saw the back passenger window broken.
The man called authorities, but said he couldn’t give a detailed description of the thief because he only saw him for a second.
The owner of the Nissan, a 62-year-old Martinez woman, said she normally parks her car in the lot while she’s at work. She said her purse containing her wallet, two checkbooks and drivers license was stolen.
Vacant home vandalized
The owner of a Grovetown home called authorities Saturday after discovering that someone severely damaged her vacant home.
The 48-year-old woman said that her house on Bussey Road has been vacant since July 2013. When she returned to the home on Saturday, the woman said she found it badly damaged. All of the rooms were vandalized including multiple holes in the walls over every room, wiring pulled through the walls and broken doors and door frames. Two bath tubs and copper tubing from the air conditioning unit were missing.
Purse stolen from cemetery
A woman told deputies Friday that someone stole her purse as she visited her mother’s grave.
The 56-year-old woman said she left her car unlocked at Bellevue Memorial Gardens on Wrightsboro Road at about 4:45 p.m. to put flowers on her mother’s grave. When she returned about 25 minutes later, the woman said her purse was missing.
The woman left the cemetery and cancelled her debit and credit cards.