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Two men robbed in apartment parking lot

COVINGTON - Two men were reportedly robbed at gunpoint last week as they sat in the parking lot of a local apartment complex.

One of the victims told authorities he was sitting with a friend in a car at the Somerset Apartments near Greanleaf Road when they were approached by a group of black men, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by Deputy Kevin Roper.

The suspects then reportedly pulled a gun on the victims and demanded their wallets and cell phones.

The robbers then fled the scene. Neither of the victims were injured.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this case call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

In other crime news, a man flagged down a Covington Police Department officer after he was reportedly robbed by a suspect armed with a pocket knife during the early morning hours Sunday.

The victim told Officer Joseph Parkin he was waiting for his friend to get off work from a bar and grill on Turner Lake Road, the officer said in an incident report.

When he got bored, the victim, who was waiting behind the business, decided to walk to the front of the building. Along the way, the victim reportedly encountered a black man, who he described as wearing a long, dark coat, knit hat and white shoes, standing near the corner of the building smoking a cigarette.

As he approached the suspect, the victim said he noticed the man discard the cigarette and brandish a small pocket knife, at which point he asked for the victim's wallet, according to the CPD report.

The perpetrator then reportedly fled into the woods on a trail at the back of the business.

According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, spokesman for the CPD, there were some inconsistencies in the victim's story, however, and he said he will probably have to be interviewed by detectives again before the case moves forward.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.