Police seek armed robbery suspect

COVINGTON - For the second time in three days, Covington authorities are looking for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery.

According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, spokesman for the Covington Police Department, a black man wearing a large, black hooded sweatshirt and covering his face with a black cloth walked into Faith Coin Laundry on Washington Street just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect, who acted as if he had a handgun in his pocket, told the laundromat attendant to open the register and give him all the money, at which point the robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and placed it in a black bag he brought with him, Wagstaff said.

He then instructed the attendant to open the back room, but as she went to open the door, the robber ran outside and fled the scene on foot.

Authorities combed the area for several hours with the assistance of a canine in an effort to locate the suspect but were unsuccessful.

Late Monday night, a man was reportedly robbed at his residence on Blackwell Street.

Police said three black men, two of whom were described as having dreadlocks, approached the victim's residence about 11 p.m. asking for change.

After making contact with the victim, one of the suspects reportedly produced a handgun and demanded money.

The robbers then took an undisclosed amount of money from the victim and fled the scene on foot.

Police ask anyone with information about either of these incidents call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."

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