Man reports robbery and is arrested

CONYERS - A man who reported that he was robbed by two men as he delivered newspapers was arrested when officers learned he was wanted in Newton County on charges of child molestation.

David Joseph Smith, 21, of 1606 Kirkland Road, Covington, called the Conyers Police Department on Saturday shortly before 5 a.m. and said two black men had robbed him as he stopped his Ford Explorer on a newspaper delivery route on South Pine Street in Conyers.

Smith met with a CPD officer at the Shell gas station on West Avenue to report the incident. He told the police officer that two black men approached his SUV as he was stopped in the cul de sac. One man stood by the passenger's side and the other walked to the driver's side of the vehicle and demanded money, according to the incident report.

Smith said he told one of the men he did not have any money, at which point the man allegedly punched Smith on the left cheek leaving a noticeable bruise. The suspect had his hand under his shirt as if he had a weapon and threatened that he would shoot Smith if he did not hand over his money, the report said.

Smith told officers he gave the men $40 he had in his wallet and the suspects ran into the Arbor Creek Apartment complex.

Smith said he drove to the gas station and called police from there because the area was well lit and populated. He added he was afraid to drive away during the incident because he believed the vehicle he was driving was prone to roll over on sharp turns, the report said.

During the interview, police ran an inquiry of Smith's driver's license, which showed he was wanted in Newton County for child molestation on a warrant dated Nov. 6.

Smith was transported to Salem Road where he was released into the custody of a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Smith described the robbery suspects as both being of slender build and about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. The men wore rags around their faces, the report said.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.