Intruder sought by city police
Cops on the lookout for a man with dreadlocks

COVINGTON - A Covington man came home from work Thursday afternoon to find his wife in tears, telling him that a man had forced his way into their Haygood Street home and robbed her, according to the Covington Police Department.

CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said they were taking the incident very seriously because the intruder kicked in the door and forcefully entered with the woman at home.

"Usually these burglars will try to get in the house, but if someone is there, they'll run. This person was a little more forceful," he said.

According to an incident report completed by Officer J.C. English, the woman said she was home about 2 p.m. and that a black man came to the residence and banged on the door. She opened the door and the man, who was carrying a "round painter's stick," pushed his way in, even though the woman tried to shut the door on him. Officers reported "extensive damage" to the door frame.

Once inside, he apparently came to the conclusion that the victim, who is four months pregnant, was no threat to him and threw the stick across the front yard. The stick was later recovered by detectives.

The suspect then went into several rooms inside the home, grabbing items he could put into his pocket, including two rings, a silver necklace and a Panasonic digital camera.

The suspect is described as tall and thin, with long dreadlocks and approximately 18 to 20 years old. He was wearing a gray, short-sleeved T-shirt and had some "unidentified item" on his head at the time of the incident.

The woman said the suspect left the house on foot, running south on Haygood Street toward Geiger Street.

Wagstaff said an earlier burglary had also been reported on March 17 at the home, and at that time the burglar entered through an unlocked window and took an assortment of electronic equipment, including a PlayStation, along with games and DVDs. He said there was the possibility that both burglaries were committed by the same individual and it could be someone with a drug habit.

"We're asking for help from people in the neighborhood to identify this person. If anyone sees anyone engaging in suspicious activity, we'd ask that they call us and let us check them out," Wagstaff said. "We're stepping up patrols in the area, and we've got information detectives are following up on. Hopefully, someone knows something that could help us get this guy."

Anyone with information can call Detective Daniel Seals at 770-385-2144 or 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.