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

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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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csraguy
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csraguy 03/07/12 - 11:03 pm
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No uniforms, no ID's, no

No uniforms, no ID's, no badges - Call 911, don't open the door. If they are the police, they will have the proper credentials, badges, vehicles, etc. and would understand your need to verify who they are by calling 911 if necessary.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/07/12 - 11:11 pm
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Hope it was the same red

Hope it was the same red pickup I saw smashed into a telephone AND a fire hydrant at the caution light intersection of Wheeless Road and Thomas Lane in 30906 area this afternoon, but that would just be too much poetic justice for real life, I suppose. Besides, a woman was in the passenger seat making a phone call, (white female), and no one was in the driver's seat. I don't know who was in the vehicle when the accident happened. BTW, where is Arrowhead Drive?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 03/07/12 - 11:35 pm
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What the...what's REALLY

What the...what's REALLY going on around there?

cozzster
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cozzster 03/08/12 - 03:11 am
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I agree, when is this place
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I agree, when is this place going to get cleaned up?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/08/12 - 04:53 am
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"and a black Jeep shaped like

"and a black Jeep shaped like a Hummer"

Maybe it was a Hummer?

Gamecocks5
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Gamecocks5 03/08/12 - 05:12 am
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off boy scout rd. passed

off boy scout rd. passed skinner mill on the right

belle
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belle 03/08/12 - 08:00 am
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They obviously thought they
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They obviously thought they were being funny. would not have been funny if the 28 yr old pulled out a gun of his own.

TK3
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TK3 03/08/12 - 08:07 am
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Either its some street gang

Either its some street gang goons looking to do a drug bust for cash or Big Brother government goons looking to do a drug bust for cash and appear to be unable to find the right address of their target.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 08:14 am
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Apartments, right?

Apartments, right?

raul
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raul 03/08/12 - 08:51 am
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Very odd, I must

Very odd, I must say!
@Riverman. Ha ha. Good one.

Bella07
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Bella07 03/08/12 - 09:28 am
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There is a kit made for a

There is a kit made for a Jeep Wrangler that makes it resemble a Hummer. There's one that matches that description around Columbia County. I see it around Columbia and Belair road quite often.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/08/12 - 09:29 am
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Did the initial encounter go
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Did the initial encounter go something like this?

"Open up in da name of da law!"

"Who's there?"

"It's da po-po!"

"Oh OK.........just a moment while I unlatch the chain."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/08/12 - 09:48 am
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Allhans, nice condos on the

Allhans, nice condos on the left going in and what has become trashy apartments on the right.

raul
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raul 03/08/12 - 10:04 am
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Bella07 is right. I googled

Bella07 is right. I googled it. Why anyone would want to do that to a perfectly good Jeep Wrangler? Kit cars just mean you can't afford the real thing.

LLArms
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LLArms 03/08/12 - 12:08 pm
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Sadly most people are so

Sadly most people are so intimidated by law enforcement employees that people can abuse this fact very easily. (For the record I've never had a run in with the law)

If a cop knocks on your door have him show you the warrant through the peep hole or hold it up to the window. No warrant? No entry. They can't simply bust your door down unless its exigent circumstances (AKA they know for a fact something bad is going to cause immediate harm to someone). You can't be charged for not allowing them entry and they can't provide a warrant.

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robbinann 03/09/12 - 10:55 pm
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really, read the story

really, read the story careful. that all gonna say, that not the real story.

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