2 charged in stabbing

COVINGTON - Two people were stabbed and both are facing charges of assault following an altercation that took place on the streets of Covington Sunday about 8:30 p.m., according to the Covington Police Department.

CPD officers went to the area of West and Stone Mountain streets after an anonymous caller said there was a fight in the street. About the same time, another officer was dispatched to Henry's Fast Lube on U.S. Highway 278 to investigate the report of man being stabbed.

Sgt. Chris Cain said in a CPD incident report that when he arrived at the U.S. 278 location, he found J.C. Stephenson bleeding from lacerations on his head, body and arms. The officers who went to West Street were told that a woman had been stabbed in the back and taken to Newton Medical Center in a private vehicle.

When they went to the hospital, they found Sabrina Pritchett being treated for a stab wound to her back. She told the officers her fiance stabbed her, but they were unable to get further information from her due to the seriousness of her injuries, according to an incident report completed by Officer Gene Nuqui.

Meanwhile, emergency medical personnel transported Stephenson to the same hospital. When questioned, he told officers he and Pritchett were walking on Bohannon Street when they got into an argument. He left her, walking in the direction of West Street, and he entered a house on that street and obtained a knife. He said Pritchett followed him to the West Street location, a struggle ensued and both of them were stabbed, according to the incident report.

Stephenson told officers he sustained several cuts on his hands and body before he was able to break the knife, and at some point during the struggle "he believes he stabbed Pritchett with part of the knife," the incident report stated.

But that wasn't the end of the battle. According to the report, Stephenson told officers that Pritchett's two sons then jumped him and hit him in the head with a bottle. He said he fled in the direction of U.S. 278, with Jamal Pritchett allegedly chasing him.

According to CPD Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, a knife handle and a bloody shirt were recovered from the West Street location and taken into evidence.

Wagstaff said Sabrina Pritchett of 6180 Geiger St. will be charged with aggravated assault upon her release from the hospital. Her son, Jamal Pritchett, 18, of 214 E. Richardson St., Oxford, was also charged with aggravated assault for his part in the incident. Stephenson, 39, of 6180 Geiger St., was treated and charged with aggravated assault, as well.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

In other crime news, a man reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that about

8:30 p.m. Sunday, he was in the parking lot of South Fork convenience store at the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Covington Bypass when he was robbed at gunpoint.

He told deputies he recognized the man who robbed him of his cash. The investigation is ongoing.