4 arrested in armed robbery at Augusta motel

Four people were arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery reported the day before at a Washington Road motel.

Lacey T. Edwards, 25, Joshua C. Josey, 22, Christopher H. Collins, 30, and Alton Henry Rau III, 24, are charged with armed robbery and were being held at the Richmond County jail without bond.

The arrests stem from an incident reported Monday at the La Quinta Inn, 3020 Washington Road, according to Richmond County sheriff’s records.

A Martinez man told police that he and his girlfriend were in the motel’s Room 111 when the woman received a call from Edwards asking whether she and Josey could stop by. The man said Edwards and Josey came to the motel about 8 p.m. and brought two other men with them. After the four entered the room an argument ensued and the girlfriend left. The man said Edwards pointed a black handgun at him and the four robbed him of about $300 cash, some jewelry and his cellphone. The victim said the incident had a connection to a previous conflict in Columbia County.