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2 stabbed in separate incidents

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have reported two recent stabbings.

In the early morning hours Saturday, a man was stabbed in front of a residence on Gum Tree Trail following an altercation with another man who was allegedly making unwelcome advances toward a woman.

According to NCSO spokeswoman Sharron Stewart, two women and a man were visiting friends at the Gum Tree Trail residence and reported that the suspect began making unwelcome advances toward one of the women.

The three visitors decided to leave, but when they got to their car, the man who was making the advances came outside and tried to pull the woman out of the car, Stewart said.

"The male (who was in the driver's seat) went to the other side of the car and told (the suspect) to stop and he was struck in the face with the man's fist," Stewart said, adding he was severely beaten about the face and head and suffered a swollen eye and had some teeth knocked out.

The assailant also stabbed the victim three times in the back and side with a Gerber Tool, a multi-purpose implement which has a blade attached to it, Stewart said.

After the assault, the suspect ran to a Ford Focus and took off with a passenger. The women called 911 and a lookout was posted for the fleeing man. His vehicle was shortly spotted by an NCSO deputy and Sylandow Dyer, 39, of 20 Woodcrest Drive, was taken into custody.

Dyer was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

The passenger, Tommy Jerome Smith, was found to have outstanding warrants against him and was also arrested, according to Stewart.

The other stabbing involved a 38-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed another woman of the same age with an ink pen. She believed the victim was involved with her boyfriend, according to Stewart.

Sonya Ann Williams, 38, of Charter Manor in Lithonia was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident which took place around 7 p.m. on May 5 in front of a residence on Ga. Highway 142.

Until the incident, Williams had been employed by the NCSO as a detention officer at the jail.

"She has been terminated and, as of this time, no appeal has been filed," said Sheriff Joe Nichols.

The injured woman told investigators she was parked down the road from the residence and "had been watching the house since about 3:30 in the afternoon," when she saw Williams and the man who she called her boyfriend enter a vehicle.

Stewart said the woman said she then pulled her vehicle up and blocked the couple and got out of her car and approached the female and asked her what she was doing with her boyfriend.

"She said (Williams) reached out of the vehicle and stabbed her without warning," Stewart said.

All those involved in the incident went to the Newton County Detention Center to report what happened. Stewart said that based on the bleeding wound on the victim's arm, Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

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