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Man allegedly assaults father

COVINGTON - A man was taken into custody last week after he allegedly attacked his father with a pocket knife, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. last Sunday, Deputy Douglas Clifton responded to a home on Helen Road, where he found the suspect, Michael Steven Smith, 34, lying on the ground with a knife in his hand and being held at gunpoint by Deputy Patrick Gilbert, he said in an incident report.

Smith was subsequently placed in handcuffs and put in the back of Gilbert's patrol car.

The victim told deputies that his son had come into his bedroom earlier that evening and tried to start a fight, Clifton said. He told his son to get out and attempted to shut the door, at which point Smith reportedly began yelling and tried to force himself into the bedroom with a knife in his hand.

The victim used a belt to try to defend himself from Smith, but he received a laceration on his left hand from the small, blue pocket knife that his son attacked him with, according to the NCSO report. The cut was not severe, however, and he later declined treatment for the injury.

Smith was taken to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with one count of aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

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