The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Inmate says he was forced to perform sex acts on others
An inmate at the Columbia County Detention Center said Tuesday that he’d been forced to perform sex acts on other inmates.
Another inmate sent an anonymous letter to the medical staff at the jail in Appling stating that another inmate was being forced into the acts.
Jail officials talked to the 34-year-old inmate who was booked into the jail on April 11 for a probation violation. He said the day after he was booked, he heard other inmates making comments that he was homosexual. He said he kept to himself to avoid trouble. The inmate said he was moved out of his containment “pod” for a few hours on April 14, but was moved back for health reasons.
Later that evening, the inmate said he was confronted by several inmates about snitching. The other inmate threatened him if he didn’t perform oral sex. The inmate said he warned his attacker that he was ill and had sores in his mouth, but the other inmate insisted.
Another assault happened in a cell when several other inmates held the inmate down and another forcibly raped him.
The inmate said that on April 20, he was again assaulted when two other inmates forced him to perform oral sex on them in a cell. He said he was scared and didn’t want to get hurt.
After receiving the letter and speaking to the inmate, officials transported him to a hospital for an exam.
Woman sees pressure washer thief
A Martinez woman called authorities Tuesday after she said she saw a man steal her pressure washer.
The 36-year-old woman said she was on her back porch just before 2 p.m. and heard a noise from the side of the house where her open garage is. The woman looked over and saw a gray full-size truck pulling away from the curb with her brand new pressure washer in the bed. The truck drove away on Maywood Drive.
The woman described the driver as a 6-foot-tall white man, mid-20s to early 30s with brown hair wearing a hat.
The pressure washer had been sitting inside the garage with the door open.
Man uses father’s information to open credit card
A Martinez man said Tuesday that someone used his father-in-law’s personal information to open a credit card account.
The man filed a report on behalf of his 85-year-old father-in-law, who his wife has power of attorney for. He said his brother-in-law used his father-in-law’s Social Security number to open an American Express credit card account. The account had a $9,546.54 balance on Feb. 5.
The man said his brother-in-law admitted on more than one occasion that he opened the account because “he needed the money.”
Girl claims false rape, kidnapping
The daughter of a Martinez woman lied to her mother Tuesday when she told her mother that she’d been kidnapped and raped.
The woman said her daughter, who is 16 or under, didn’t come home from a school event she attended with her cousin Monday evening. When the woman called the girl’s cousin, she said she didn’t go to the event.
The woman said she received phone messages from her daughter who stated she’d been abducted and raped.
The girl has a boyfriend and deputies found her at his home.
The woman’s daughter said she felt her mother didn’t care about her so she went to her boyfriend’s house and sent the messages not thinking there would be a problem. The girl was returned to her mother’s house.