North Augusta police have arrested a third man who is facing multiple charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and weapons charges for his alleged role in an armed robbery in February.
Javon Tyreck Perry, 20, of Hahn Avenue, was detained on Wednesday and charged with six counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, six counts of kidnapping and one count each of armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen pistol, according to a report from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Perry is the third suspect detained for the robbery and faces additional charges in Aiken for burglary and providing false information.
According to the report, six people told North Augusta Public Safety officers on Feb. 6 that they were robbed at gunpoint in an apartment on East Martintown Road.
One victim told officers he answered a knock at the door around 1 a.m. and opened it, at which time three black men all dressed in black clothing and armed with guns entered and told all six victims to hand over their phones and wallets.
The robbers then ordered all the victims into an upstairs bedroom and began going through drawers and collecting wallets, according to the report. Another victim told police one of the suspects put the barrel of a handgun into the victim’s mouth and told him to “suck it.”
The suspects reportedly took an Xbox game console and fled the apartment in an unknown direction.
Investigators found several buds of marijuana on the stairs leading to the upper level of the apartment, according to the report. After asking the victims about “drug activity,” the victims reportedly “changed their statements.”
The first victim said he’d spoken to the suspects earlier in the day about smoking marijuana, and that just before the incident, the suspects were invited to the apartment and drank several beers before presenting and pointing the weapons, according to the report.
The report did not indicate if drug charges were filed.
The first two suspects were arrested on Feb. 23 at a Hampton Avenue home in Aiken, according to the report.
Jodeci Johnson, 19, of Lawrence Street in Aiken, has been charged with six counts of kidnapping, five counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, and one count each of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
John Antwoin Ways, 20, of Moon Shadow Lane in Aiken, has been charged with six counts each of kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm, three counts of second-degree assault and battery, and one count each of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
As of press time Friday, Johnson and Ways remained in the Aiken County Detention Center. Perry had been released.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.