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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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jimmymac 09/03/13 - 11:40 am

You both have criticized CORGI for stating her opinion on this forum. News alert! That's what it's here for. She's entitled to her opinion just like the two of you. I for one get tired reading Countyman breying on every day about some five guys opening. I don't care about crime stats in other parts of the country. I care about the fact that it would be madness on my part to walk in most parts of Augusta after 11:00. I don't care what the reasons for the rise in crime here or anywhere else. I get it you and Countyman love the area but it would be foolish to not to see that decent folks are scared of the crime and are fed up with it. I love living in the CSRA and I could have moved anywhere but the crime needs o be dealt with. Crack down on gangs just like they did with the Mafia. Put them in prison using the RICO laws. Throw the key away and protect decent folks and then maybe the stores and businesses Countyman is so happy to see coming will prosper.

alleycat 09/03/13 - 03:01 pm
Doesn't Obama want to go easy

Doesn't Obama want to go easy on drug dealers if they aren't violent ? Drug dealers are responsible for many of the murders , burglary , robberies drug over doses & assaults . These things occur so they can get paid . Not to mention the young minds they have destroyed .

People should arm themselves and at least try to protect their family & property ! Stand their ground. The criminals need to think is it worth their life . Not knowing what awaits them will help prevent crime more than gun control because the bad guys will always have guns that's a fact ! It's not the law abiding people you have to fear.

jimmymac 09/03/13 - 02:16 pm

Drugs are the main driver for crime in Augusta and the rest of the country. The only way to stop it would be give all the drugs to people that want them and then care for them the rest of their miserable lives. Liberals are loth to hold people responsible for their actions and decent folks suffer because of it. Drugs are bad period and the influx of crack has decimated most of the inner cities in America. Treatment rarely works so what do we do?

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