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Columbia County man accused in attacks has long criminal past

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(Editor's Note: A previous version of this story had an incorrect address for the suspect.)

Michael Maxwell, 46, of 1513 Blair St., Evans, has been incarcerated at least six times since 1986 for charges that include motor vehicle theft, burglary and driving under the influence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.  Special
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Michael Maxwell, 46, of 1513 Blair St., Evans, has been incarcerated at least six times since 1986 for charges that include motor vehicle theft, burglary and driving under the influence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.


A Columbia County man who is accused of attacking three women in three counties Saturday night has a long criminal history.

Michael Maxwell, 46, of 200 block of Ray Owens Road,  Appling, has been incarcerated at least six times since 1986 for charges that include motor vehicle theft, burglary and driving under the influence, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

He was released from Wayne State Prison in August 2007 after serving close to two years for motor vehicle theft.

On Saturday, a man later identified as Maxwell began a series of attacks at Augusta Mall, authorities said. Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said Maxwell approached a woman in the parking lot around 8:30 p.m. and tried to kidnap her or take her car. She fought back, and he ran away.

About 30 minutes later, he accosted a Columbia County woman. The 31-year-old was driving home when another vehicle began following her and eventually blocked her in her driveway.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said a man "violently attacked" her, punching her in the face and trying to force her into his vehicle.

She escaped and locked herself in her vehicle. A neighbor saw what was happening, so he fled.

About 10 p.m., an Edgefield, S.C., couple discovered found a man had broken into their home on Red Hill Road, cut the power and hidden in a closet.

When the husband went to check the circuit breakers, the intruder beat him with a tire iron and kidnapped his wife.

The woman later told deputies she recognized the man as Maxwell, who was an employee of a construction company that had worked on their home.

Edgefield County authorities said the woman was able to persuade Maxwell to let her go on Martintown Road and wasn't harmed.

McDuffie County deputies found Maxwell in his vehicle Monday at a service station off Interstate 20.

Maxwell was being held Monday at Columbia County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping. He faces charges of kidnapping in Richmond County and charges including burglary, attempted murder, kidnapping and attempted sexual conduct in Edgefield County.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/26/11 - 04:48 am
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Lock your doors! Go see

Lock your doors!

Go see Steve.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/26/11 - 06:05 am
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Let's give thanks to the

Let's give thanks to the officers for taking another perp off the streets.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/26/11 - 05:51 am
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Rabid animals are put down.

Rabid animals are put down. This animal fits the bill.

juantez
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juantez 07/26/11 - 06:34 am
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All comments are welcome..
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All comments are welcome..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/26/11 - 06:53 am
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Too bad he didn't run into a

Too bad he didn't run into a redneck "goodoleboy's" girlfriend......we wouldn't have to worry about jail time.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/26/11 - 07:01 am
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Lock him up and throw away

Lock him up and throw away the key!!

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 07/26/11 - 07:03 am
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owensjef2, I am sure he will

owensjef2, I am sure he will not make the most popular list except in prison. No one likes a criminal except criminals. He should never see the light of day outside prison walls again. Fatboyhog you are so so right.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 07/26/11 - 07:06 am
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Sounds like he wants back
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Sounds like he wants back into prison. 3 squares and a roof.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/26/11 - 07:12 am
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This guy is too dangerous to

This guy is too dangerous to ever walk the streets again but he'll be out in a couple of years ready to strike again.

curly123053
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curly123053 07/26/11 - 07:14 am
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To bad he did not run across

To bad he did not run across someone with a CWP ! That could have saved the taxpayers a lot of money. I am glad none of his victims were killed.

belle
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belle 07/26/11 - 07:32 am
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I am proud of these amazing
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I am proud of these amazing women. ALWAYS fight back.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/26/11 - 07:46 am
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Sounds like he picked some

Sounds like he picked some pretty gutsy women to pick on. Good for you ladies!

iLove
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iLove 07/26/11 - 07:57 am
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lol @ this thug. . .
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lol @ this thug. . .

Vito45
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Vito45 07/26/11 - 08:04 am
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Hear! Hear! for the ladies

Hear! Hear! for the ladies who fought back. Never, ever, ever, go without a fight. Once they have you under control chances aren't good for your survival.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/26/11 - 08:23 am
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Hint to all women (and men).

Hint to all women (and men). If someone is following you in traffic. Don't go home where you are alone and likely defenseless.

Drive to the nearest public location or police station!!!! Or drive around while dialing 911 so the cops can come and take care of the situation.

buddyg
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buddyg 07/26/11 - 08:23 am
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Why do the JUDGES keep giving

Why do the JUDGES keep giving him small yime.Buddy

allhans
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allhans 07/26/11 - 08:59 am
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"Columbia County man accused

"Columbia County man accused in attacks has long criminal past"

Of course he does.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/26/11 - 09:15 am
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In 2007 he was given 10 yrs.

In 2007 he was given 10 yrs.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/26/11 - 09:32 am
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BuddyG asked why judges issue

BuddyG asked why judges issue short sentences to criminals and HappyChimer answered that this perp was sentenced to 10 years in 2007. That shows it is not the judges, but rather which prisoners the Pardons & Parole Board is letting back on the streets.

A federal court has ruled that Georgia's state prisons are overcrowded. Therefore, under federal court order, each new felon who enters the state prison system must be accompanied by another prisoner being released early. It is the Pardons & Parole Board who decides who stays in prison and who gets released early.

concernmom
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concernmom 07/26/11 - 09:40 am
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He is like something out of a

He is like something out of a horror movie...just another reminder to be careful who does work on your home.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/26/11 - 09:55 am
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If convicted on kidnapping in

If convicted on kidnapping in GA, he won't get out early this time. The minimum for kidnapping is 10 years with no chance of parole. no getting out early.

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countyman 07/26/11 - 10:28 am
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I was the first person to ask

I was the first person to ask the Chronicle yesterday why the Augusta mall was singled out.. Then Happychimer joined in and asked some of the same questions... The Augusta mall article was printed on Saturday night and it's now Tuesday.. The media already knew about both of the attacks in Columbia and Edgefield..

The articles printed by the Chronicle continue to back up my statements everytime about Richmond County and the Augusta mall.. The crime at other shopping centers and surrounding counties rarely makes the news.. It's similar to the AC only reporting the tribunals in Richmond County.. As usual the comments are much diffrent due to the attacks outside of Richmond County. I haven't heard the sky is falling, this place isn't safe, etc comments yet.. Nobody brought up a man from Columbia County committed a serious crime in Richmond County.. What happen to the idea of thugs with bagging pants being responsible for what happen at the mall lol??

vtxbiker
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vtxbiker 07/26/11 - 10:22 am
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This is just proof that the

This is just proof that the justice system is a joke. Repeat offender and is out walking the streets!!!! It is pitiful.

MercadiesMX1983
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MercadiesMX1983 07/26/11 - 10:59 am
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FYI-That's NOT his address

FYI-That's NOT his address that they list. He may be from Columbia county, but the address listed id NOT his...

countyman
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countyman 07/26/11 - 11:00 am
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MercadiesMX. Both Evans and

MercadiesMX. Both Evans and Appling are located in Columbia County..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/11 - 11:06 am
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There are parts of Columbia

There are parts of Columbia County that are like Richmond County. There are parts of Richmond County that are like Columbia County....whatever all that means.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/26/11 - 12:14 pm
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Pretty soon it won't matter

Pretty soon it won't matter whether one lives in RC or CC.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/26/11 - 12:23 pm
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countyman I tried to post a

countyman I tried to post a link to the story yesterday on r&r but AC held my comment and would not post it.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/26/11 - 12:40 pm
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Chillen, Your 9:23 AM post is

Chillen,

Your 9:23 AM post is worth heeding.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/26/11 - 02:19 pm
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Yep never drive home if

Yep never drive home if someone is following you.I am always aware of my surroundings and have my keys out before i get to my car.

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