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Augusta home invaders use hot iron on victim

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Armed home invaders robbed a man and woman of more than $500 in items Sunday, at one point pressing a hot iron to the man's hand demanding information.

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Edward Speights, 31, told police that he had arrived home in the 3900 block of Union Grove Circle just before 1 a.m. when someone yelled at him to get on the ground. The man then brandished a black revolver and shot at the ground before striking Speights on the right side of the face with the pistol, the Richmond County sheriff’s report said.

A second man pulled Ash­ley Hicks, 23, out of the car. Speights and Hicks were forced to enter the home and get on their knees, the report said.

One man stood with Speights and Hicks while the other ransacked the house. Speights was taken to the back bedroom and forced to lay face down on the bed while Hicks was given a trash bag to fill with clothes.

One of the men plugged in an iron while continuing to ask, “Where’s the money and jewelry?” When Speights said he had none, the man pressed the iron against the back of his right hand, causing it to burn. Speights said the men then left. Police later learned that Hick’s wallet was stolen from her purse.

Speights was treated for his burns at the scene.

A neighbor told police that she heard gunshots that sounded like they came from across the street. A short while later, she said, she saw two black men leaving the house with full trash bags and a flat-screen television.

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corgimom
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corgimom 09/01/13 - 08:24 pm
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Now the criminals are

Now the criminals are torturing people!

And Augusta is supposedly SAFE?

Those people are lucky that they weren't killed! For $500 and some used clothing? That's what criminals are stooping to, now?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/01/13 - 08:35 pm
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I Guess Shooting In The Leg

must be getting old stuff. Burning just may be more fun!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/01/13 - 08:40 pm
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This MH community is about a 1 mile as the crow flies

from my house.

What strikes me, corgimom said, is the torturing of the victims.

Like these robbers have seen one crime movie too many.

May the RCSO/GBI/SLED have clear and clean shoot,
if and when the pair are located..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/01/13 - 09:07 pm
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Categories

How many crime categories can these actions fit into?

Trespassing
Attempted murder (shot fired into the ground in the vicinity of Speights)
Aggravated assault (the pistol whipping of Speights)
Assault and battery (pulling Hicks out of the car)
Kidnapping (forcing Speights and Hicks into the house)
Burglary
Terrorism
Torture
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

Does this count as one crime in the Augusta crime statistics book?

raul
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raul 09/01/13 - 09:42 pm
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I don't get stealing the

I don't get stealing the clothes. Why take someones clothes? You aren't going to get much selling it, and you don't even know if it would fit you. Heh. That's a new one for me.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/01/13 - 10:18 pm
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Two more living the dream.

Two more living the dream.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 09/01/13 - 10:19 pm
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Animalistic

There is a class of people who are mentally only slightly higher than animals. Torturings someone with a hot iron shows there is no soul in this person.

Darby
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Darby 09/01/13 - 11:15 pm
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"I don't get stealing the clothes.

Why take someones clothes?"

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Well, obviously they're gonna donate them to Goodwill. That way, they can deduct the cost from their taxes next April.

Darby
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Darby 09/01/13 - 11:17 pm
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"There is a class of people who are mentally

only slightly higher than animals."

.
I have no doubt that you are right. However, these two don't rise to that level.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/02/13 - 12:23 am
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Just a hop, skip and a jump

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Goshen Plantation. Criminals, coming to your, and your, and your neighborhoods. They don't think much about boundaries.

countyman
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countyman 09/02/13 - 01:06 am
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They obviously knew the

They obviously knew the victim, because they continued to ask for the money.

I still don't understand why somebody who lives in Charlotte wants to portray Augusta as being dangerous, but somehow lives perfectly fine in Charlotte.

Charlotte was one of eight cities the FBI targeted in 2011 for emerging gang trends. The FBI crime rate of Augusta is also lower compared to Charlotte. Please don't bring up the FBI crime rates are not 100% accurate, because none are. It still doesn't stop the local police departments, government officials, media, etc from using them.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 09/02/13 - 03:03 am
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What does Charlottes crime

What does Charlottes crime stats have to do with a crime that happened in Augusta and why the concern that someone is from there? Augusta has many expatriates who still have concern for the well being of the CSRA . Has for me I could care less where a person lives, facts are facts no matter how much sugar ya put on them. The victims in this case were subjected to torture and as a human being my first instinct is to make sure hunting down the vermin that did that dirty deed becomes priority one.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 03:18 am
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"Please don't bring up the

"Please don't bring up the FBI crime rates are not 100% accurate, because none are. It still doesn't stop the local police departments, government officials, media, etc from using them."

Yeah, nothing like using inaccurate information to snow people.

Charlotte has gangs. But unlike Augusta, the sheriff didn't go around telling people that there wasn't a gang problem, when everybody can see it with their own eyes.

As for Charlotte, it is 5 times bigger than Augusta, with nowhere near 5 times the crime of Augusta. I wonder why that is?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/02/13 - 04:30 am
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corgimom

It wasn't that long ago when we where told there was no "gang" problem in Augusta (when most new better).

Of course 10 years doesn't seem that long to me. But I clearly remember thinking "who the hell are you fooling", when we were told by all, that there was no problem.

As for bringing up Charlotte's gang problems, sometimes it's helpful to compare notes. Charlotte "proper" may be 5 times bigger than Augusta, but I'm not sure Charlotte and suburbs are 5 times bigger than the CSRA.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/02/13 - 04:56 am
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Oh, that makes it okay . . .

Countyman posted:

They obviously knew the victim . . .

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/02/13 - 04:58 am
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Gang

Does it feel different to be mugged by a gang member than by a non-gang member?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/02/13 - 05:18 am
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Isn't a Gang Organized Crime?

Last time I checked, The Rico Act could be used against Gang Bangers.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-68 (1994).

http://ricoact.com/?page_id=122

Send them to the Federal Pen, so not as much GA Taxpayer $$$$ is used to house them.

It allows up to 20 years for gang related activity under RICO.

So why not get the US Attorney involved in the ARC/CSRA Organized Gang Crime Problem?
http://www.policemag.com/blog/gangs/story/2008/11/how-to-make-a-rico-cas...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/02/13 - 05:19 am
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U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Attorney is more interested in fighting picture I.D. voting laws than in fighting street crime, NocNoc.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/02/13 - 05:38 am
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LL - I forgot

We are in a upcoming election year.... US-AT must be busy challenging every Voter ID law of the books.

Interesting to note
when we had that Nut Job in Atlanta wanting WSB attention. The parents had ZERO problems producing ID to get their kids back.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/13 - 06:13 am
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Countyman

Countyman, because they asked for money you think they knew the victims? Do you feel the victims are withholding information from the police?

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 07:09 am
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Countyman doesn't know, he

Countyman doesn't know, he likes to make wild guesses and then says how he doesn't post his personal opinions on here. *snort*

Nowadays, any home invader is going to ask for money, jewelry, electronics, guns, and, if a drug dealer, drugs, and it doesn't matter if they know them or not.

It doesn't seem likely that they know each other, otherwise the victims would say "Yes I know who it is, it's Blah Blah and Whozit", and RCSO would immediately issue a BOLO and start hunting them down.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/02/13 - 07:50 am
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Real jerks have arrived...

The only way ctyman will get the message is when it hits him in the face.....not wishing bad luck on anyone but sometimes that is a wake up call for many......yeh,, better watch out Goshen ...it is coming.

It doesn't MATTER where we live---we have friends & family THERE in the csra...duh.

grouse
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grouse 09/02/13 - 08:08 am
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"...lie face down," not "lay
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"...lie face down," not "lay face down." Are there no editors anymore or do they not know the rules of grammar, either? The Chronicle should be embarrassed!

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 08:30 am
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"The FBI crime rate of
Unpublished

"The FBI crime rate of Augusta is also lower compared to Charlotte."
I have to agree pretty much with countyman. While Augusta is worse than some and getting worse all the time the real problem all cities run by liberals/progressives democrats are infested with crime and corruption. We can thank the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and the black leaders

raul
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raul 09/02/13 - 08:42 am
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@Darby. Good one! I don't

@Darby. Good one! I don't know why I didn't think of that! Tax deduction for Goodwill donation.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 09:05 am
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You can thank drugs,

You can thank drugs, chascushman. There is a huge drug problem in America, it's been around since crack cocaine came in. And now it's meth. There isn't any place that's safe anymore.

"We can thank the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and the black leaders"

No, we can thank the high rate of divorce. We can thank girls who give birth to children at 13,14,15,16. We can thank our crazy society who now thinks that parents and other adults are supposed to cater to children, that anybody that dares to correct a child is wrong and picking on their child, because their child is perfect. And that everything is supposed to revolve around children, and households are now run by children, instead of adults.

We can thank parents that are sue-happy and that want to sue somebody everytime something doesn't go their way, who are more concerned that their child get things that they don't deserve, grades they didn't earn, awards that they didn't earn, because God forbid that their precious angel baby be told "No, you aren't the best. No, you don't always win. No, you will have to face disappointment. No, life isn't fair."

We can thank ridiculous people who say nonsense like "you don't know his situation", "only God can judge", and other downright stupid things about people who go out and deliberately commit crimes, because they have misguided ideas about friendship and family loyalty. I remember back when kids didn't get into trouble, 1) they would get a whooping and 2) they loved and respected their family and didn't want to hurt their families. Back when it was a disgrace to your family to get arrested. Back when it was shameful. Back when kids had the good sense to know that getting arrested wasn't a good thing, and people looked down on you if you did.

It's changed a lot, and not for the better.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/02/13 - 09:23 am
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Something has got to change

or the people will begin doing what law enforcement cannot and the justice system and the welfare system and the public education system will not.

We cannot have a nation where the people who keep it going are treated like they are prey by the very people whose lives they have paid for from their grandparents' and great-grandparents' time.

Illegitimacy must no longer be rewarded by the federal and state governments.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 09/02/13 - 10:08 am
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A hot iron

This thug may have used a hot iron but I have hot lead. I bet I would win that battle! Crap like this is why both my wife and I carry as well as having most rooms in my house readily armed. Not in plain sight of course!

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 10:23 am
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"You can thank drugs, No, we
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"You can thank drugs, No, we can thank the high rate of divorce. We can thank girls who give birth to children at 13,14,15,16."
corigmon, I agree with most of what you said but "the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and the black leaders" created most of what you said.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/02/13 - 10:47 am
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Surprise them

A hot iron is no match for strategically placed firearms. Maybe the next people these punks rob will have a surprise for them.

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