Alleged armed robber caught

COVINGTON - A Barnesville man who allegedly robbed a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint in October was taken into custody earlier this month by Newton County law enforcement officers.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, Ben Lee Forehand, 24, of 348 Means Road, Barnesville, was apprehended after officials received information pertinent to the case.

"Based on the information, we were able to catch up with Forehand, got a picture, showed it to the victim and he identified him as the subject," Watterson said. "There is video that also backed up the identity of this person."

The victim, who works for Pizza Inn on Ga. Highway 81, was putting pizzas in his vehicle the evening of Oct. 19 when he was reportedly approached by Forehand, who asked for a ride to a nearby convenience store.

When they arrived at the store, Forehand allegedly pointed a chrome, semi-automatic handgun at the delivery man and told him to keep driving.

Authorities said he then took $120 cash from the victim, as well as his cell phone, at which point he told the driver to return to the store, where he got out of the car. The victim returned to the restaurant and called 911.

Forehand has been charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.

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