Martinez restaurateur shot, killed in robbery
A Martinez man died Saturday after being shot while his Augusta restaurant was being robbed at gunpoint.
Jone Yin Cheung, 51, was shot in the forehead at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday during an attempted armed robbery of his restaurant, House of Cheung King of Wing at 2331 Milledgeville Road.
Police arrested two Augusta residents early Sunday -- Susan Elaine Inglett, 24, of the 200 block of Barrow Drive; and Nicholson Rydell Williams, 18, of the 200 block of Memory Drive. Inglett and Williams were each charged with criminal attempt armed robbery and murder.
Michael Eugene Williams, 20, of the 1000 block of Kent Street, Augusta, turned himself in to the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Sunday night and was charged with murder, criminal attempt armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
All three are being held in the Richmond County jail without bond, according to jail personnel.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Roommates report burglary, vandalism
Two Martinez roommates called police twice Saturday claiming someone burglarized and vandalized their home.
The 18-year-old said that between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday someone broke into their apartment. The man said a necklace and charm were stolen from his bedroom, and the woman claims her iPod and $1,000 were taken from her room.
Police also found damage to many items in the home, including smiley faces writing on the inside of the man's closet door. Another smiley face drawn in toothpaste was on the man's toilet seat lid.
The same pair called police back to the home before midnight claiming someone entered the locked apartment again and damaged several items by setting fire to them. The man said he put out the fires and called police.
The living room carpet was damaged by a flaming hamburger wrapper. The bedroom carpet was damaged because of papers burning on the floor. Someone placed a burning notebook inside a storage box, and the woman's vanity was burned when a flaming roll of toilet paper was put inside it.
Two escape after taking steaks, beer
The manager of a Martinez grocery store called police Friday, claiming two men attempted to steal more than $300 worth of beer and steaks.
The manager said she saw two men enter the Kroger at 4115 Columbia Road just after 11 a.m. and take two 30-packs of Bud Light and 16 steaks, all worth $302.23. When she confronted them in the parking lot, the manager said the men took the beer, worth $43.98, and fled in a white Ford Thunderbird.
Police discovered the tag number was registered to a 1995 red Ford Taurus. The manager recovered the steaks.
Motel guest robbed while he was asleep
A Fort Gordon soldier told police Saturday that two people robbed him while he slept in a Motel 6 with the door ajar. The 47-year-old man said he took prescription Ambien late Friday and fell asleep with the door left slightly open at the motel on Park West Drive near Grovetown.
About 3 a.m., the man said, a black man and white woman entered his room and asked whether he was OK. He told them he was fine and went back to sleep.
He said he awoke just before 11 a.m. and discovered someone had stolen $120 in cash and prescription Percocet pills.
Neighbors thwart pickup-truck thief
A Grovetown man called police early Saturday after his neighbors stopped a man from stealing his truck, he said.
The 60-year-old said that just after 12:30 a.m. he woke and noticed his truck was not where he parked it. He found his neighbors standing next to it on their property. The neighbors said they stopped a man from stealing the pick-up. One neighbor said he tackled the thief in the yard, but he got away.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for May 17-23:
Structure fires, three; vehicle fire, one; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; activated fire alarms, 11; medical incidents, 14; vehicle accidents, 13; rescue incidents, one; weather damage, one; assist citizens, two; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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