Two 17-year-olds, one from Grovetown and one from Augusta, are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond on charges of burglary, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and 11-year old, all from Augusta, are being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center on the same charges. Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan denied them bond Monday.
The boys’ names are being withheld because of their ages .
According to authorities, a 42-year-old woman called police just before 2 p.m. Sunday about a group of young men who threatened her at gunpoint. She said she was in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s Lake Royal Drive home and saw someone approach the front door. When the doorbell rang repeatedly, she ran to the door to keep it from waking her boyfriend.
When she answered the door, a teenager asked whether “Bill” was home. When she said no Bill was there, a teen hiding to her left pointed a silver pistol in her face. He backed the woman into the house and made her lie face-down on the floor. She said she saw the feet of four intruders.
One of them demanded to know who else was home. The woman said, “He is upstairs. Quiet or you’ll wake him up.” When her boyfriend opened his upstairs bedroom door, the young men ran out of the house.
As they left, the woman saw another of the attackers had a gun, she said.
A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy saw three young men run across Lake Royal Drive headed toward South Old Belair Road. An older Ford F-150 truck either stopped or moved slowly toward the deputy near the intersection.
As a fourth young man ran across the road to join the other three, the deputy drew his gun and ordered him on the ground. The young man jumped a fence into the Magnolia neighborhood along with others.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said police set up a perimeter. Four of the boys were arrested shortly thereafter.
While interviewing the young men, police said they determined one of the 17-year-olds also was involved in the home invasion. He was arrested early Monday.
Morris said one of the suspects attended school with the male victim’s son and thought weapons or money might be in the home.
Authorities are unsure where the suspects got the two guns.