Man robbed at gunpoint after "friend' dupes him

COVINGTON - A Conyers man reported being robbed of $1,900 while he was helping a "friend" who had car trouble, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The man called Newton County 911 about 7 p.m. Tuesday, saying that an armed, masked man robbed him at a vacant house in the area of Gum Creek Trail.

Investigator Sharron Stewart said the victim told investigators a friend had called him and said he was having car trouble near Salem Road. He met the friend, who then asked him to follow him to a residence on Gum Creek Trail where he would leave his vehicle.

The victim then apparently accompanied his friend inside the residence, which turned out to be uninhabited, and just as they got inside the door, the friend took off running and exited the back door, Stewart said.

"He said he wasn't sure what was going on, and then he turned and noticed a black male wearing a yellow shirt with a black mask pointing a shotgun at him," Stewart said.

The victim said the man demanded his money and after giving it to him, he ran out the door, fleeing from the man with the shotgun. It was at that point that the victim saw the man who supposedly had car trouble at the end of the driveway.

"That person fired off a round from a handgun," Stewart said. "He said he was trying to shoot him while he was running away."

However, the victim told investigators he was able to elude the two suspects and ran to the nearest house and called 911.

The case is still under investigation. Authorities ask that anyone with information on this incident call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or via the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

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