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2 arrested in armed robbery

CONYERS - Two Newton County men were arrested Friday evening and charged with assaulting and robbing a man in his mid-50s as he attempted to retrieve mail from the mailbox belonging to the Universal Church of Faith on Ga. Highway 138, near Old Parker Road.

According to Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington, the victim was walking in the vicinity of Horis Ward Funeral Home on Ga. 138 South when he was approached by two black men who produced a handgun about 6 p.m. Friday.

Wigington said the two men began "roughing up" the victim and eventually pinned him in a roadside ditch in what appeared to be a robbery attempt. A woman driving by saw the incident and called 911.

"As soon as they noticed the woman, they ran off," Wigington said. The Sheriff's Office set up a search perimeter in the area around Lowe's, and the suspects were found hiding in a wooden area nearby.

Arrested were Akeem Anwar Flournoy, 25, of 62 Poplar St., Porterdale, and Marquez Donrico Clark, 30, of 10242 Waterford Road, Covington. They were each charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The victim was transported to Rockdale Medical Center by ambulance to be checked out, but is not believed to be seriously injured, investigators said.

This was the second roadside robbery reported locally this month. On July 19, a man was robbed at gunpoint by three black men along Old Covington Highway, behind Wal-Mart as he walked to work, according to the Conyers Police Department.

The robbers drove up to the man and asked for directions to a nearby apartment complex. After the man gave the directions, he continued walking to work as the car drove up the road, turned around and came back to the man, according to the police.

The men got out of the car and pulled a gun on the man. They forced him to lay face down on the ground. The men then went through the man's pockets and took a cell phone, a wallet and about $50 in cash.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.