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Augusta man is kidnapped, shot

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Richmond County sheriff's investigators say a kidnapped man was shot at least three times Tuesday morning while deputies chased his captors in an incident believed to be drug-related.

Kyle Martin/Staff
Kelvin Thomas discovered his mailbox had been knocked over this morning after it was hit by a black Chevy Blazer driven by two suspected kidnappers. He’s unsure how blood spatter wound up on his mail.


The victim, identified as Antwan Israel Crawford, left a club and was going to meet a friend in Fleming Heights early Tuesday when two masked men abducted him and took him to his home in the 2100 block of Trotters Way in the Pepperidge subdivision, according to sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew.

Crawford, 30, told deputies the masked men wanted to rob his mother and dropped him at his Trotters Way home to grab the keys to her house. Investigators think the abductors thought the man kept some valuable items at his mother's home.

While Crawford was inside his home, his girlfriend became suspicious and notified authorities about 4:15 a.m., sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said.

Deputies located the victim's black Chevrolet Blazer about three miles away on Fairington Drive. Chew said the victim was shot once in the face and at least two more times before the suspects jumped out of the vehicle, leaving it to roll down a hill, through a yard and into a car parked in a driveway.

The victim, who was bound by his kidnappers, was discovered crawling out of the back seat when deputies arrived on the crash scene. He was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

He told authorities he did not know the identity of the two masked men who shot him.

The incident is probably drug-related, Investigator Tim Owen said Tuesday morning at the crime scene on Fairington Drive, off Tobacco Road.

A nearby resident, Kelvin Thomas, said he was awakened by the noise and came outside to find his front yard illuminated with the blue lights of squad cars. Tire tracks crossing his yard led to the Blazer stopped in the driveway across the street.

By daylight, Thomas said he was puzzled by the chain of events that investigators had described to him. From his perspective, there are two sets of tire tracks crossing his yard -- not one -- and the mail that spilled out of his broken mailbox was splattered with blood.

Staff Writer Luke Thompson contributed to this article.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/12/11 - 07:07 am
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(C)ountyman, What do you have

(C)ountyman,

What do you have to say about this?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/12/11 - 07:17 am
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Sounds like if they were

Sounds like if they were asking him about a relative then they knew him and he possibly knew them and just isn't telling the truth. Maybe he is scared, who knows. People keep your doors locked, your alarms on, and your guns close by.......

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allhans 07/12/11 - 07:32 am
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More to the story I'll bet.

More to the story I'll bet.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 07:38 am
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Augusta is safe, no need to

Augusta is safe, no need to worry. Just ask Countyman.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/12/11 - 07:46 am
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While I am not the President

While I am not the President of the Chamber of Commerce Glee Club like Countyman appears to be, I would like to remind the happy readers that more than 90% of the murders (sounds like this was an INTENDED one) in Augusta last year were either committed by close friends/family members of the victim, OR, drug and gang transactions gone bad.

We don't have the details in this case YET, but so far we only have ONE "innocent" victim of an Augusta homicide this year who was NOT believed to be killed by a close friend or family member...Mr. Luckey (how is that name for irony?)

Lesson? Stay away from crazy friends/family members...AND...gangs and drugs. You are VERY safe in Augusta (at least from homicide), if you do those things.

JAndy
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JAndy 07/12/11 - 07:49 am
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Pepperidge Humm, Imagine

Pepperidge Humm, Imagine that!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/12/11 - 07:51 am
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ok Austin...How many were

ok Austin...How many were robbed by close riends/relatives??

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 07:58 am
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Austin...in Mr. Luckey's case

Austin...in Mr. Luckey's case you could still say that he knew at least one of his murderers. I agree, but I would like to see the numbers. :)

Lawpig
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Lawpig 07/12/11 - 08:06 am
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I hate to be an Augusta

I hate to be an Augusta booster, but crime is not unique to Augusta.

Having said that, I grew up on the southside. I graduated from high school there about ten years ago. South Augusta has always been a bit rowdy, but I don't ever recall feeling fearful. It's different now. Or maybe it's always been this way and I was just young and felt invincible back then?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 08:10 am
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Lawpig...Not sure where you

Lawpig...Not sure where you live now, but go live in another city for a bit and you will surely notice a difference in crime for a city the size of Augusta. I've not seen anything like it anywhere else. And it isn't just the crime, it's the way it is dealt with.

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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 08:12 am
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Austin said, "I would like to

Austin said, "I would like to remind the happy readers that more than 90% of the murders (sounds like this was an INTENDED one) in Augusta last year were either committed by close friends/family members of the victim, OR, drug and gang transactions gone bad."

This is a myopic "they only kill each other" attitude. Bullets flying make Augusta a dangerous place, I'd say. Most of the murders may be drug related, but the logical conclusion is we must have a tremendously large number of drug dealers and gangs in Augusta. That speaks poorly of our law enforcement leadership.

After some of the posters here begged for years for community based law enforcement and gave examples of Charleston and other places, the RCSO is slowly starting to implement the concept, but it's like pulling teeth to get them out of air-conditioned cars speeding around and among the people.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 08:15 am
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"They obviously had some sort

"They obviously had some sort of knowledge of him," Peebles said.

That appears to be the company line when the horrendous murder stats are questioned.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/12/11 - 08:23 am
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Actually RM, this is a clear

Actually RM, this is a clear case of "businessmen" handling their business. Now, short of legalizing drugs, you tell me how a "community cop" is going to step between two, three, four, or more "businessmen" doing their due.

It is very bad when bullets start flying, but it has been a while since an innocent bystander was hit by one of those bullets. I am all for solutions, but given our socio-economic population dynamic, you are sadly mistaken if you think a friendly neighborhood cop can do ANYTHING about these types of situations.

Sadly mistaken.

Patty...I wrote a detailed "murder by murder" story for the Jail Report that gave a case by case review of every homicide in Augusta last year. There are your "numbers"...this year's totals, while lower in gross number, are stacking up pretty much the same way.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 08:33 am
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If I recall, an innocent

If I recall, an innocent bystander was hit by a stray bullet just a few weeks ago...
Riverman you are right. There is a tremendous amount of crime going on in Augusta. This didn't happen overnight. The problem with crime is that the criminals aren't doing time. IF or when they get caught they are put back out on the street and become repeat-offenders. The drug problem in Augusta is widespread and is apparently just an accepted way of life for citizens and the police force.

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seenitB4 07/12/11 - 08:38 am
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Yeh riverman is

Yeh riverman is right.....funny thing austin....when a gun is held in your face you just don't think...Well what's it gonna be---killing, or robbing.--..a friend had a gun held on her on her while she walked around Richmond Academy .....some crime NEVER hits the news. (& you know it)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 08:38 am
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Austin said, "I am all for

Austin said, "I am all for solutions, but given our socio-economic population dynamic, you are sadly mistaken if you think a friendly neighborhood cop can do ANYTHING about these types of situations."

That's where you are completely wrong. Look at the research where community policing has shown dramatic results. When an officer is among the people, talks to them and listens to them, things get better. Reserve officers in the communities can help, also.

If you agree for whatever reason the violence and murder rate in Augusta is horrendous then let's try something else. Stop saying silly things like they only kill each other.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 08:40 am
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I find some of the crime

I find some of the crime numbers reported to the GBI concerning Richmond County interesting, but even with the reported numbers, they are horrendous.

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restguy 07/12/11 - 08:45 am
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Drugs...4:30 in the

Drugs...4:30 in the morning...south Augusta...etc...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/12/11 - 08:50 am
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Copper taken over &

Copper taken over & over---doesn't always hit the news..
Punks at door trying to find easy prey....not news...
women won't always report a rape.....they are too ashamed..

To say that crime/killings are only committed by businessmen doing their job... is not in the real world.

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AutumnLeaves 07/12/11 - 08:52 am
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As a victim of numerous and

As a victim of numerous and varied crimes in Richmond County since the late 1980's, no Richmond County is not a safe place to live. I regret moving back here in the 80's, except for two things that kept me here, the magnet schools and my family. My children have graduated now, so my number one goal, at my first opportunity, if things don't improve, is getting the rest of my family out of here to a safer place to live. When so many law enforcement officers move their families to other counties because of the crime on their own Richmond County home streets, you know it is time to go.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 08:53 am
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How many of those busted in

How many of those busted in 'Operation Fox Hunt' are back out on the streets? From what I remember in the story, they 'anticipate a big drop in residential and commercial burglaries, car break-ins and general theft.'
I'd like to know (in numbers) if the operation improved the crime rates here or not. Has the operation had ANY impact on violence in the city since the arrests? Where is Countyman?

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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 08:54 am
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This "they only kill each

This "they only kill each other" attitude seems to be a RCSO official line these days and one espoused by their spokesperson. Austin. Let's look at it this way, if Columbia County with about 2/3 the population of Richmond, had 2/3 the murders and other crime changes would be made fast to whatever it took to improve the situation.

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Brad Owens 07/12/11 - 08:55 am
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I think there is much more to

I think there is much more to this story..interesting.

Capt Peebles is awesome by the way.

Brad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/12/11 - 08:59 am
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If austin lived in ALeaves

If austin lived in ALeaves neighborhood....he just might be singing a different tune.

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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 09:05 am
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Here is the problem and

Here is the problem and Austin is a good example. He once went down the murder list one by one, noting the drug involvement and would also point out when he hit a white person. He emphasized that point. I'm sure that's the excuse offered by the RCSO, too.

In other words, they are only drug dealing blacks killing each other. It's a colonial police theme of leave the natives to themselves.

If the RCSO is going to leave it at that, and the majority population in Richmond County by a good margin is black, then it's time to get a black sheriff, one who knows those in the community and will work among the people to improve the incidence of violent crime instead of making excuses that they only kill each other.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/12/11 - 09:08 am
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Riverman ;)

Riverman ;)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/12/11 - 09:09 am
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Good point riverman......also

Good point riverman......also if it is all about drugs (as some think) that also causes crime to rise because they need $$$ for a fix--hence copper-breakins-robbing-etc........needs FIXING austin.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/12/11 - 09:14 am
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RM...way to distort a

RM...way to distort a discussion about "Black on Black" crime...which was prompted by another discussion concerning what "officials" (mainly our white Mayor and Sheriff) were gonna do about it.

You can have a cop on every corner and it isn't going to curtail any of this.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 09:16 am
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It appears RCSO has simply

It appears RCSO has simply given up.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/12/11 - 10:07 am
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Seenit...I choose NOT to live

Seenit...I choose NOT to live in bad neighborhoods...

RM loves to sit in his CC waterfront home and tell the 'hood how to fix its problems...because in places where they DO have a black sheriff for the majority black population, all is well, right? LOL

This is NOT a race thing...it is a "sorry people" thing...and the sooner we all understand that, the better off we will be.

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