Originally created 09/15/03

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Pizza deliverer reports robbery

A Papa John's employee told police that he was robbed while making a pizza delivery, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office reported.

The employee said that he was delivering in the 2100 block of Faircrest Avenue in south Augusta on Saturday when two men wearing black T-shirts, black pants and black stockings over their faces met him in the driveway.

He said one man pointed a handgun at him and demanded money. The employee said he gave the gunman an undetermined amount of money and two large pizzas in a delivery bag and the men fled.

Kidnapping suspect arrested

A 2-year-old girl was taken from an Augusta church during services Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Investigator Jimmy Graham, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said the girl's mother was worshipping at the First Assembly of God, 1615 Fenwick St., at about 4:30 when a man walked into the church, picked up the child and ran from the building.

The child's mother and other members of the congregation immediately ran after the man, who stopped after running about two blocks and freed the child, Investigator Graham said.

After a search of homeless shelters, police arrested John Blount, who was identified by the mother as the kidnapper, police said. Mr. Blount, who police said is homeless, was charged with kidnapping, according to authorities.

T-shirt seller says buyer attacked him

A street vendor said he was attacked while selling T-shirts Saturday, stated a report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

John Henry Johnson, 50, of the 1200 block of Dugas Street, said he was working in the 900 block of Carrie Street when a man took a shirt and refused to pay for it.

Mr. Johnson said that when he asked for the money, the man struck him several times with his fist and fled. Officers said that Mr. Johnson had injuries to his head and lip.

Sports bar waitress accused in theft

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to an Augusta nightclub during the weekend to investigate a report of theft by an employee.

According to a sheriff's report, a waitress at Robbie's Sports Bar, 2834 Washington Road, was accused of taking food orders and keeping the money instead of ringing up the sale.

The incident occurred between 9 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, the report said.

Man says items were taken from inn room

Police were called to a west Augusta motel Saturday night to investigate a report of theft.

Jerome Patrick, 37, of Dorchester, Mass., said someone entered his locked room at a Scottish Inn on Stevens Creek Road and took clothes and three pairs of shoes, according to a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Patrick said the items were worth about $750.

High school students arrested in assault

Two Cross Creek High School students were arrested Sunday in connection with an assault on another student, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Ian Sean Bednarski, 17, of the 900 block of Horseshoe Road, and Joseph Eugene Barker, 17, also of Augusta, were arrested at their homes at about 10:40 a.m. and charged with simple battery, a report stated.

According to a report, the students got into an argument with a 16-year-old boy and eventually punched him, causing several knots, marks and bruises near his eye and on his head, legs and arms.

The incident occurred in the 1500 block of Goshen Road, the report said. The boy's father called deputies after his son came home injured, the report stated. He was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mr. Bednarski and Mr. Barker were in the Richmond County jail Sunday with bond set at $2,050 each, a jail employee said.