Augusta rape suspect captured in Illinois

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A man charged with several rapes in Augusta was captured Tuesday in Illinois.

Charles Anthony James: Thirty-four-year-old faces aggravated sodomy, armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Augusta. Illinois police, investigating a car accident, found Mr. James on Tuesday.  Special
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Charles Anthony James: Thirty-four-year-old faces aggravated sodomy, armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Augusta. Illinois police, investigating a car accident, found Mr. James on Tuesday.
Sandy Hodson
Database Reporter
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Charles "Tony" Anthony James, 34, was arrested in Springfield, Ill. Investigators in three states and the U.S. Marshals Service have been trying to track down Mr. James since learning he had been mistakenly released from Valdosta State Prison on Dec. 27. Mr. James should have been returned to Augusta, where he faces charges that include aggravated sodomy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

An initial computer records check didn't reveal the open charges against him, according to a statement from the Department of Corrections.

After walking out of prison, Mr. James got on a northbound bus. Investigators think he got off in Macon, Ga., and ended up in Jones County, about 10 miles from the bus station, Jones County sheriff's Investigator Ken Gleaton said.

Mr. James is a suspect in a home invasion there.

On Dec. 29, a 79-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl she was baby-sitting arrived home to find a man armed with a knife, Investigator Gleaton said. He gagged and bound the victims with duct tape and stole the keys to the woman's van, Investigator Gleaton said. The girl was able to work her way out of the duct tape, free her elderly caregiver and call for help.

On Jan. 3 the victim's stolen van was found alongside Interstate 24 in Kentucky, not far from the scene of a similar home invasion a day earlier.

On the afternoon of Jan. 2, Roberta Meadows, 88, answered a knock at the door of her home in Cadiz, Ky. A man armed with a knife forced his way inside, Cadiz police Officer Scott Brown said. The man demanded money from Ms. Meadows and her daughter, 65-year-old Connie Thomas. He took cash and the keys to Ms. Thomas' Honda Accord, Officer Brown said.

The man also took a cell phone and disabled the home's phones before leaving.

Late last week, a Jones County, Ga., resident found a discarded identification card in his yard and called the sheriff's department. The ID belonged to Mr. James, Investigator Gleaton said.

On Tuesday morning, officers investigating an accident in Springfield discovered the vehicle had been stolen. The driver, Mr. James, was taken into custody, Richmond County sheriff Lt. Scott Peebles said.

For Mr. James to be extradited back to Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue's office must make a request to the Illinois governor's office, District Attorney Ashley Wright said in an e-mail.

"Our goal is to get him tried as soon as possible," she said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Wright said, her office staff has begun auditing all open cases to determine what other defendants might be in state prisons. Detainers will be filed with the Department of Correction for every one, she said.

Mr. James was on parole when arrested in a series of violent sexual assaults in Augusta in 2008. After his arrest, his parole was revoked and he was sent to prison to complete a 10-year sentence for a 1999 robbery.

Ms. Wright said that in the past the sheriff's department would file a detainer to hold an inmate with pending charges after being notified by the corrections department that the inmate was about to be released.

In Mr. James' case, a check for warrants, detainers and open charges was conducted by the Department of Corrections, but nothing was found, spokeswoman Peggy L. Chapman wrote in an e-mail. A subsequent review uncovered the open charges, she wrote.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/13/10 - 02:24 am
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The death penalty for violent

The death penalty for violent criminals such as this would solve many problems and greatly reduce incarceration expenses which could then be provided for education and prevention for those who still have a chance. We don't need violent criminals walking our streets and at the very least, they should be in jail the rest of their life with no chance of parole but an option to choose the death penalty and at the best, they should be put to death quickly after guilt is determined.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/13/10 - 08:45 am
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Good thing they caught him,

Good thing they caught him, this guy is a real piece of work. Apparently he is the type that will not change, he gets out and automatically starts commiting crimes again. Hopefully he will never see the outside again.

mercyme
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mercyme 01/13/10 - 08:46 am
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I agree with you!!!!! It

I agree with you!!!!! It would solve a lot of problems!!!!!

curly123053
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curly123053 01/13/10 - 09:02 am
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I thank God he did not injure

I thank God he did not injure any of his victims since walking away from prison. Hopefully all have learned a lesson from this case.

disssman
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disssman 01/13/10 - 09:45 am
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It is unfortunate but the

It is unfortunate but the Kentucky and Illinois charges will probably not be allowed in court. We are a nation of laws after all and to accuse the idiot of a crime in another state would violate his rights. Dosen't our laws just stink.

bentman
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bentman 01/13/10 - 09:50 am
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The fact that anyone gets

The fact that anyone gets out, for any reason, before the sentence is up causes problems like this.

trucksareforgirlz
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trucksareforgirlz 01/13/10 - 11:00 am
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Shoot this piece of crap and

Shoot this piece of crap and save the law abiding citizens any further chances of being assaulted, robbed, etc. It will also save tax payers a ton of money.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/13/10 - 11:22 am
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Thank you Illinois.

Thank you Illinois.

Gothamist
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Gothamist 01/13/10 - 11:28 am
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Curly123053- I think they

Curly123053- I think they were all injured, the Physiological injuries are going to last longer than any of us will ever know. A 9 year old girl was duct taped! Talk about nightmares!

CarlA
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CarlA 01/13/10 - 12:18 pm
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The underlying issue is the

The underlying issue is the incompetence of either the prison or the DA's office in releasing him and letting him get on a bus. All of the subsequent victims after his release will probably sue Richmond Co.

bankgirl
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bankgirl 01/13/10 - 12:48 pm
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Well think not only about the

Well think not only about the new victims but also the women in Augusta that he raped. You know they were going crazy. I mean how would you react if it was you and you hear that the person who raped and beat you was released by accident and not only that but that he's headed back to your area? I was even worried to go out knowing this jerk was running free. Glad he's off the streets and I hope it stays that way this time.

TMI
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TMI 01/13/10 - 01:13 pm
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Judge Jolly thinks she is

Judge Jolly thinks she is above the law!!! How can she court order a dead beat mother to pay 250.00 a month for two children when the law states a min of 350.00. Jolly felt she didnt have to pay that because she doesnt have a job. Blah...Blah....Blah and the gives grandparents rights. GA law once again states different. The father of these children works over 50 hours a week and now has over 15,000 dollars in lawyers bill because the mothers parents keep taking him to court. Jolly feels sorry for the drug addicted mother and gives her "supervised" visitation scheldule A. The mother can take them for a few hours alone though! WHAT!!! These poor children are in such danger and the father is having such hard time making ends meet!!!! What a broken system SHAME ON YOU Judge Jolly

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 01/13/10 - 02:07 pm
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The DA who screwed up on this

The DA who screwed up on this needs to lose his or her job. But for their incompetence, these succeeding violent acts would not have happened.

inside info
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inside info 01/13/10 - 05:00 pm
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"In Mr. James' case, a check

"In Mr. James' case, a check for warrants, detainers and open charges was conducted by the Department of Corrections, but nothing was found, spokeswoman Peggy L. Chapman wrote in an e-mail. A subsequent review uncovered the open charges, she wrote." Not the DA's fault!!

ustabe
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ustabe 01/13/10 - 05:25 pm
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Let's not try to decide whose

Let's not try to decide whose fault it is that this horrible person was out of jail. Let's just put his sorry a** back in jail and throw away the keys. Better yet, someone suggested the death penalty. I'd volunteer to flip the switch, drop the pellet, push the plunger, whatever...

shane2124
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shane2124 01/13/10 - 05:37 pm
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WOW. I think it is time to

WOW. I think it is time to fire some law enforcement leaders and update some software. Seems the augusta and near by towns need to get there s**t together and come out of the old backwoods world.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/13/10 - 08:27 pm
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ustabe, you don't think that

ustabe, you don't think that the DA's office should be held accountable? That they are so incompetent that they couldn't figure out that a 10 year sentence that started December 27, 1999 would end on December 27, 2009? Could you figure that one out?

corgimom
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corgimom 01/13/10 - 08:32 pm
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And based on the junk that

And based on the junk that has happened before with the RC court computer system, I think that it is quite likely the DOC did check. How interesting that the DA's office is NOW doing an auditing to find out who else needs to be notified. "Meanwhile, Ms. Wright said, her office staff has begun auditing all open cases to determine what other defendants might be in state prisons. Detainers will be filed with the Department of Correction for every one, she said. " Help me out on this one, hasn't that been their job ALL ALONG? They JUST NOW are checking their files and filing detainers?

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 01/13/10 - 08:35 pm
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Boy what I could tell you

Boy what I could tell you about our local DA's Office. A friend of mine had a case reviewed by three judges, who found it inappropriate to issue warrants. A local corrupt attorney then called the DA's Office for a little favor at which time a grand jury arrest warrant was issued, after the so called victim lied under oath. Good old Augusta.

ustabe
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ustabe 01/14/10 - 01:06 am
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Corgimom - Yes, I certainly

Corgimom - Yes, I certainly think that someone in the DA's office should be held accountable for this violent criminal being out to continue his nastiness. That won't, however, solve the problem of this particular criminal either being supported by society for a long time or another possible screw-up which would allow him to be released from prison. So to be proactive, let's do away with the blight on society permanently.

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