Men accused of raiding a poker game on Perry Avenue and taking more than $3,200 in cash pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and other charges today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
The suspects were identified as Raimone Boynton, 23, Richard Boynton, 19, Nigel Towler, 18, and Patrick Satterfield, 20, all of Columbus. In addition to eight counts of armed robbery, each was charged with one count of burglary, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Judge Michael Cielinski ordered the men held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on the armed robbery charge and set bond totaling $60,000 on the other charges. The charges were bound over to Superior Court.
Columbus police detective told the judge that information from three people with knowledge of the Sept. 18, 2008, home invasion and robbery led to the suspects’ arrest. The officer said one of the victims was about to leave the home when he was confronted by four masked men and forced back inside the home where the men frequently met to play poker. Cash from money bags and victims along with an X-Box game were taken in the holdup.
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Carl Ingram, a victim, said he was about to reach back when he was struck in the back of the head. One of the suspects said he ought to make an example out of Ingram, who was shaken by the threat. “I will not play there again,” Ingram testified.
Although Satterfield was charged in the holdup, Diana Moore testified that he was at her house during the robbery. Moore said Satterfield is the father of her daughter’s son.
“He was at the house that night,” Moore said. The house, also located on Perry Avenue, is next door to the house where the robbery occurred, but it was destroyed in a fire about a month ago.