A man accused of forcing an 82-year-old man into Liberty Baptist Church at gunpoint on Sept. 2 before taking his truck was arrested Friday at his parole office, Columbus police said.
Randy Harmon, 26, of Columbus was driving the victim's 2007 GMC Canyon pickup when he was arrested about noon at his parole office on Enterprise Court, police said. He is charged with one count each of aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary, hijacking a motor vehicle, false imprisonment, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
During a 2 p.m. hearing in Recorder's Court, Harmon's case was waived because he refused to get dressed for the hearing and he was on suicide watch, jail officials said. Judge Julius Hunter ordered Harmon held without bond on the hijacking of the motor vehicle and the assault charges and set bonds totaling more than $105,000 on the other six charges.
Detective Daniel Lyon told the judge that Harmon was on the steps of the church when the victim arrived to open the building that Sunday. Harmon followed the man inside and pulled a pistol on him.
Lyon said the victim was tied up, robbed of his truck keys and cell phone. The suspect left in the truck valued at $15,000.
During the police investigation, Lyon said the man's stolen cell phone was used several times and police later identified the person on the phone as Harmon. Because he was on parole from a May 2009 aggravated assault conviction in Clayton County in metro Atlanta, Harmon was called by his parole officer for a random drug test.
"He actually drove the 2007 GMC to the parole officer," Lyon said.
The victim was out of town and not in court for the hearing.