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CPD makes arrest in attempted robbery

COVINGTON - The Covington Police have made an arrest in the attempted armed robbery of a Papa John's Pizza delivery man on April 8.

According to Sgt. Mike Tinsley, the delivery man was sent to an address in Sterling Lakes subdivision off Flat Shoals Road to deliver a pizza about 10 p.m.

"He pulled up to the wrong residence, but saw some people standing out front and he asked them, 'Is this your pizza?'" Tinsley said, adding that he had opened his car door but not exited his vehicle.

The people in front of the house said they had not ordered a pizza, but the driver saw someone coming from across the street and assumed the man was coming for the pizza.

"He reached over on the passenger side to get the pizza, and when he turned around a male was standing there with a gun pointed at him. He said, 'I don't want the (expletive) pizza. Give me the money,'" Tinsley said.

Tinsley said at this point, the pizza delivery man was able to stomp on the accelerator and flee the scene.

Detectives canvassed the neighborhood and were able to develop several leads from tips they received, he said. As a result, a 16-year-old high school dropout was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and aggravated assault. Tinsley said the aggravated assault charge came as a result of pointing the gun at the driver.

Tinsley said the teen, whose name is being withheld due to his juvenile status, had hidden the gun at another location and it has been recovered and placed into evidence. The firearm was a 9mm, he said.

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