Police search for suspect in armed robbery

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department is looking for a man who pushed his way into an apartment on Magnolia Heights Circle, pointing a gun at the three people there and asking, "Where is it at?"

According to Detective Daniel Seals, the resident of the apartment and two guests were at the location about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when the doorbell rang.

They told officers that when the door was opened, the man came in pointing a silver, semi-automatic pistol at the head of the female victim. The intruder made her lie down on the floor.

Seals said the resident of the apartment was asleep on the couch when the man entered and was startled awake when the female victim attempted to wake him up.

"The person took this as some kind of threat and struck him in the head with the gun," he said.

A third victim heard the disturbance and came out of a back bedroom and when he saw what was happening, attempted to leave the apartment, but was stopped by the man.

"(The female victim) stated that the suspect pointed the gun at each person telling them that he was in charge and demanded that they take everything out of their pockets and ordered them to get on the floor."

The intruder then took two video game controllers and proceeded to bind the hands and feet of the man who lives at the apartment. He continued to say while he rummaged through the apartment, "Where is it at? I know it's in here somewhere."

The suspect was described as a black man, dressed all in black, including a black hoodie and a black mask over his face. He was wearing white tennis shoes.

"From speaking to all the witnesses and victims, I'm not sure if the person knew where he was or if he got the location confused," Seals said.

The only items stolen were a black Chocolate Verizon cell phone and $300 in cash.

The victim who was struck in the head was transported to Newton Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Seals is encouraging anyone who witnessed anything that could be related to this incident to call him.

"I'd love to have some help from the public," he said, adding that there were a lot of people out in the apartment complex about noon Sunday. "I'm quite certain somebody saw or heard something that could help us out. I'd be glad to speak to them about that."

Seals can be reached at 770-385-2144. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.