Katherine Hudson claims she only helped a man in a skeleton mask hold seven people in a Twin Chapel Drive home at gunpoint Sunday because her accomplice drugged her and held her daughter hostage, according to court testimony.
"Katie" Hudson, 27, faced an armed robbery charge during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing, though Columbus Police say additional charges may be filed soon.
Anyone with additional information should contact Cpl. Amanda Hogan in the Robbery and Assault Unit at (706) 225-4278.
Crissy McQuaig was also charged with armed robbery after police connected her to the crime. The 34-year-old, who was not present during Friday's hearing, is accused of driving Hudson and the masked man from the scene of the crime.
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At 6 a.m., Hudson knocked at the 8300 block home, occupied by five adults and two children. Two of the victims recognized Hudson from high school, and opened the door.
The moment they did, the armed masked man rushed by. Hudson then ordered one victim to leave with the two children present — a 1-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.
While the masked suspect ransacked a bedroom, Hudson apologized for the invasion. While barking orders, Hudson explained that she had no choice but to rob the group — her daughter was being held hostage, the officer said.
The two the ran to an escape vehicle, which police believe was driven by McQuaig. A backpack, cell phone and lock box were taken during the robbery.
Before police could locate Hudson, she contacted the department and offered to testify. She arrived heavily intoxicated. A drug test performed by her probation officers in Russell County revealed she had recently taken heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Police released Hudson and called her back once the intoxication had worn off, the officer said. She told authorities that the masked man, known as "Joshua Jones," kidnapped her daughter and threatened to kill her. Prior to the home invasion, Jones allegedly injected her with several liquids. She told police she was unaware what the syringes contained.
Later, officers discovered Hudson and Jones have known each other for years. The two are accused of meeting up several times prior to the home invasion. Hudson told police that Jones would rather be killed by police than go back to prison, and would not turn himself in voluntarily, the officer said.
Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond on Hudson's armed robbery charge. Her case will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Hudson's case is one of two home invasions reported during the week. Adarious White, 19, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with a Wednesday home invasion at a Piedmont Drive residence. Police also released warrants for 18-year-old Dequindre Snellings, who is wanted on the same charges.
According to a news release, three men forced their way into the 1000 block home at about 8:25 p.m. At one point, one of the suspects fired a shot inside the house. The three robbed the occupants of an undisclosed amount of currency.
Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Cpl. David Stokes in the Robbery and Assault Unit at (706) 225-4242.