Trial underway in home invasion case

Antwone Scriven held them hostage for hours, threatening to kill them and the two small children in the house, two women testified Tuesday.

 

He pistol whipped Sharteria Wheeler repeatedly and nearly choked her unconscious. “I think about it every day. I almost lost my life,” she testified.

Scriven, 29, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges that include home invasion, burglary, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping. Testimony in his trial began Tuesday.

The night of April 20, 2015, Scriven was after Tasheka Williams, a former girlfriend. When she refused his demand to come see him, Scriven kicked in the door of her apartment and stole clothes, shoes and electronics, Williams testified. He called her to tell her what he had done.

Williams asked Wheeler to go home with her. Wheeler had a gun and is licensed to carry. They found Williams’ apartment burglarized and called 911. Before deputies arrived, Scriven came through the door, assaulted Williams and Wheeler and wrestled the gun away from Wheeler before leaving the scene just before officers arrived, the women testified.

The deputies advised the women to leave the apartment and they did, taking Williams’ 8-year-old daughter and Wheeler’s infant nephew with them to Wheeler’s home. They thought it was over, until they heard a loud boom as the front door was kicked in. They tried to hide in the bathroom, but Scriven pulled them both out by the hair, they testified. For the next three to four hours, Scriven heaped the most physical abuse on Wheeler, at one point cocking a handgun and sticking it in her mouth, she testified.

In the morning, around 7 a.m., Scriven decided to leave and he forced Williams at knife-point to go with him. After they left, Wheeler called 911 again. Deputies went to Williams’ home where they found Scriven hiding under a bed.

According to court records, Scriven was previously charged with aggravated assault after allegedly wounding one man and shooting at another, but those charges were dismissed in a plea deal in 2011 when he pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges. He was convicted in 2008 of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. A 2004 armed robbery case was transferred to juvenile court.

Scriven has a pending charge of obstruction of an officer. He is accused of head-butting a jailer July 10. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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