3 armed 'investigators' invade Augusta man's home, leave after man calls their bluff

Three men claiming to be investigators entered an Augusta man’s home and held him at gunpoint before he threatened to call the police, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The 28-year-old Augusta man was in his home in the 2000 block of Arrowhead Drive at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when he heard a loud banging on his door. He asked who was there, and a man replied that he was an investigator, the report says.

When he opened the door, three men forced their way inside, saying they smelled marijuana outside the apartment and that gave them probable cause to enter. One of the suspects said he would kill him and then struck him in the chest with a gun. All three men had black semiautomatic handguns. One also appeared to carry a Taser, according to the report.

When he told the suspects that he would call the police, they began to act friendly and left his residence, the man told deputies. They left in a new red Ford pickup with South Carolina tags and a black Jeep shaped like a Hummer. None of the men showed identification or badges, but were seen walking around the neighborhood Tuesday night yelling at people in the streets, the report says.

All three suspects were described as white males with heavy builds. One was 6 feet tall, 30 to 35 years old, with very short brown hair. Another was 5 feet 11 inches, 30 to 35 years old, with short black hair. The third was 5 foot, 9 inches, 45 to 55 years old, with shoulder-length brown and gray hair, a mustache and beard.

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