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Pizza delivery man robbed, assaulted

COVINGTON - A Papa John's Pizza delivery man was robbed at knifepoint and assaulted around 10:15 p.m. Friday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Mark Mitchell said the man was making a delivery at a residence on Hampton Place, off Salem Road, following a telephoned order to Papa John's at 3533 Ga. Highway 20.

"He advised when he arrived, three black males came from the rear of the residence, meeting him in the driveway of the house where he was supposed to deliver the pizza," Mitchell said, adding they then brandished a knife and robbed the delivery man of an undetermined amount of cash, personal items and one large and one small pizza.

"When they left, one of the men punched him twice in the left side of the face and they took off running in the direction of the rear of the house," Mitchell said.

The victim said one of the men was wearing a red hoodie with black sweat pants. The second was wearing a blue shirt with white writing or a large logo on the front with black jeans. He was unable to furnish a clothing description of the third suspect. He told investigators the individual wearing the red hoodie is the one who brandished the knife, but he did not know which man punched him in the face.

Mitchell said the Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can

be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.