COVINGTON - A Covington man was reportedly carjacked at his residence on Meadowridge Drive Wednesday night after he went to warm up his vehicle.
The victim told authorities he noticed a suspicious black man, believed to be in his 20s, when he went to crank his vehicle just before 8 p.m.
As he was going back inside his residence, the victim said the suspect approached him with a handgun and attempted to rob him, according to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect reportedly told the victim, "Give me everything you got," at which point the victim told the man he didn't have anything, Watterson said.
The suspect then demanded that the victim give him everything in his car and forced him to open the trunk.
After noticing there was nothing in the trunk either, the suspect, who was described as wearing dark clothing, a red and black racing jacket, black skull cap and dark sunglasses, told the victim to get inside the trunk and a struggle ensued over the weapon, according to the NCSO spokesman.
The suspect was able to keep the gun and got inside the vehicle - a silver, 1999 Honda Civic - and fled the scene.
In other crime news, two black men are being sought by Newton County authorities following an armed robbery that occurred at the Waffle House on Brown Bridge Road in the early morning hours Wednesday.
According to one of the victims, the suspects, who were described as being dressed in dark clothing and carrying handguns, entered the store just after 1 a.m. and ordered everyone to get on the ground, according to an NCSO incident report completed by Deputy Brad Verzinskie.
After taking about $600 in cash, the suspects fled the scene.
Authorities ask that anyone with information about either of these incidents call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through its Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.
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