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16-year-old beaten, robbed on his way home

COVINGTON - A 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Monday night after he was reportedly beaten and robbed by a group of fellow teenagers.

Just before 9 p.m., police responded to a residence on Lott Street and met with the victim, who was being treated by EMS workers, according to an incident report completed by Covington Police Officer Gene Nuqui.

The victim said he was returning home from a friend's residence in the mill village when he was jumped by a group of eight to 10 black males.

After punching and kicking the victim on the ground, the attackers allegedly took $125 from his pockets and fled in the direction of the Covington Housing Authority.

The victim did say, however, that he recognized one of the suspects and described him as being about 5-feet, 11-inches tall, with a slim build and wearing a hooded, burgundy sweatshirt, black shoes and baggy black or brown pants.

According to Nuqui, the victim had swelling in his facial area and a laceration above one of his eyes stemming from the altercation. He was subsequently taken to the hospital by his mother to receive treatment for the injuries.

Officers later canvassed the area of the housing authority and discovered a 16-year-old suspect coming out of a residence on Nixon Circle.

The teen appeared to be "very nervous" and in a hurry to leave, according to the incident report.

When confronted by Nuqui, the suspect said he didn't live at the residence, but also couldn't say who he was at the home to see.

The home's occupant told police that one of the young girls in her apartment let the suspect in while she was in the shower. She said she later saw him "nervously" peering out the windows and made him leave.

The victim identified the suspect as being present during the beating, but indicated he was unsure of what his role was.

According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, spokesman for the Covington Police Department, detectives are still conducting interviews in the case and charges may be pending.

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