COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Addison Thrower, 18, appeared in recorder's court on Thursday charged with home invasion, aggravated assault and six counts of armed robbery. His former friends, now the victims, also appeared to testify on the incident.
Thrower isn't getting out of jail anytime soon. Judge Michael Cielinski denied bond for home invasion and armed robbery. He was given a $100,000 bond for aggravated assault.
Addison was arrested early Wednesday morning following a home invasion in Columbus, where one of the victims were injured. Columbus police said the home invasion happened around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the 1200 block of Mill Branch Court.
Columbus Police Officer Christopher Pepper testified in court, Thrower told police a man called "Jump Man" put a gun to his face and threatened his home, if he didn't help. Thrower allegedly told police he felt like he didn't have a choice and took Jump Man to the Mill Branch Court home, where his friends lived.
The victims said they recognized Thrower despite the mask that he was wearing. They were able to identify him by his tattoos, sneakers, and a brown bag he was carrying that he brought to their house earlier that day.
They considered Thrower a friend and can't believe he brought the suspects to their house.
"I protected him, I did everything I could for him. I gave him a place to live. He didn't pay any rent or anything. I was trying to be as nice as I could to him and for him to come into my home and do that to me. I just feel genuinely hurt. I just want to know why? Why us?" said Elizabeth Parker.
Parker is one of the victims and owns the home where the robbery took place. A number of items were stolen from the victims including six cell phones, a PS4, and an Xbox.
Only five of the six victims appeared in court. The sixth victim's mother said her daughter was too afraid to leave the house. Four of the victims said they haven't been able to sleep, knowing the other two suspects are still out there.
Parker described the second robber who entered the house as a dark-skinned male, with a medium build, standing about 6'- 6'2 in height. He was last seen wearing a large demon mask, white t-shirt, dark beige khaki shorts, and white sneakers.
Anyone with information on the home invasion or whereabouts of the other two alleged suspects is asked to call Columbus police at (706)-653-3400.