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Man robbed at gunpoint while walking on Highway 81

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two suspects involved in the armed robbery of a 53-year-old man that occurred Monday afternoon.

NCSO spokesman Cpl. Anthony Washington said the man was walking north on Ga. Highway 81 near the Salem Road intersection around 4:15 p.m. when two black men stopped their vehicle beside him.

"He said the two males jumped out ... (one man) grabbed him from behind, while the other one ... pulled a chrome automatic pistol and pointed it at him," an NCSO incident report states.

Washington said they took $389 in cash from the victim and then fled down Ga. 81, in the direction of Salem Road.

The victim was able to give physical descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. He said the man who grabbed him had gold teeth and was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, white Nike shoes and a sock hat. The suspect who pointed the gun at him was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and brown dress shoes.

The two were in a black, older model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with black interior.

"We're asking anyone from the general public if they see this vehicle or have any information about the suspects to assist us," Washington said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

In other crime news, a woman reported an attempted home invasion on Tuesday around 1 p.m. on Crestfield Circle near Fairview Road.

She said two young men kicked her back door in and came inside, but when they saw her, they turned around and took off running, according to an NCSO incident report.

The suspects were known to the victim and she was able to give their names to deputies, as well as a description of what they were wearing at the time of the break-in.

"During a search of the area, Deputy L. Wigington located the subjects matching the description walking between the houses in the subdivision and the houses on Fairview Road," the report states. "Both juveniles gave the same names that the complainant gave us."

The juveniles were both 15. They were charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and criminal trespass and sent to the Youth Detention Center in Sandersville.

Also, a burglary was interrupted and arrests were made after a resident of Hinton Road in Social Circle reported five men were attempting to steal a Kawasaki motorcycle in his back yard around 3 p.m. Monday.

He told NCSO deputies he went outside with a gun and the five men ran and got into a White Ford Expedition, driven by a sixth man, and left heading toward Ga. Highway 229.

Two deputies found a vehicle matching that description and were able to stop it.

"(We) both gave verbal commands for the suspects to exit the vehicle with our duty weapons drawn. We got all six suspects out of the car and secured them in several patrol units," an NCSO incident report states.

The deputies transported the six suspects back to the incident location and the homeowner identified them as the men trying to steal the motorcycle.

Two of the six were juveniles. They were each charged with burglary and taken to the Youth Detention Center in Sandersville.

Adults arrested and charged with burglary were Darion Stanley, 19; Dequintis Russell, 17; Treavor Stanley, 17; and Jerricas Benton, 18.