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Robber locks man in trunk
Gunman fired shot during crime

COVINGTON - A Covington resident got the Halloween scare of his life earlier this week after he was greeted by a masked gunman at his home.

The victim told authorities that when he arrived home at his residence on Stephanie Lane during the early morning hours Wednesday, he was approached by a black man who was armed with handgun and wearing all black clothing and a ski mask, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by Deputy Chad Hunt.

The suspect then reportedly pointed the gun at the victim and forced him inside the residence.

The victim said he was taken into the garage where the robber demanded money. He pleaded with the suspect and told him that he didn't have anything, at which point he was forced into the trunk of his car, according to Investigator Jason Griffin.

The suspect, who had a tattoo on his neck, ransacked the house, but then returned to the garage and let the victim out of the trunk for a short time after the victim screamed that he had asthma, Griffin said.

Before forcing the victim into the trunk for a second time, the gunman told the victim that he knew he had money and fired a round from a handgun into the floor of the garage.

Authorities later recovered a .40 caliber shell casing and copper jacket, according to the NCSO report.

The suspect gave the victim three screwdrivers and a cell phone before leaving him in the trunk and fleeing the scene, Griffin said. The victim later pried himself out of the trunk and called authorities. Nothing was taken from the residence.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this incident 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 and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.