Woman robbed at gunpoint in car

COVINGTON - A woman on her way to church was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on a street inside her neighborhood Friday evening.

The 41-year-old victim told authorities that she was in the driveway of her residence on Ashton Drive loading things into her car to take to church around 7 p.m., when she noticed a vehicle stop in from of her neighbor's house and then drive on, according to Investigator Sharron Stewart, spokeswoman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

As she was leaving her residence, the victim said she followed the suspicious vehicle until they reached the subdivision's exit at Oak Hill Road, at which point the driver of the other car, identified as a short-haired black man, believed to be in his late teens to early 20's and standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, got out, approached the driver's side of her car and asked for directions.

"When she began to give (the suspect) directions, he produced a handgun, demanding money," Stewart said.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money from the victim, the suspect reached inside her car and removed the keys from the ignition. He accidentally dropped the keys into a compartment inside the door, but he reached in again and retrieved them, throwing the keys into the grass.

The suspect then got into his vehicle and drove away. Authorities have not released information regarding what type of car the suspect was driving, stating that the case is still under investigation.

The victim later drove to her church in Rockdale County where she reported the crime, Stewart said.

Investigators ask that anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspect to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. 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.