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Woman reports robbery on Ga. 81

COVINGTON -- Someone has no problem with taking advantage of a person at their most vulnerable point. A woman reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she had stopped along Ga. Highway 81 near Cowan Road on Wednesday night because she was ill and had to throw up. In the process, she said she was robbed at gunpoint.

According to Cpl. Anthony Washington, the victim told deputies she was on her way to the BP gas station at Oak Hill Road and Ga. 81 about 9:30 p.m. and began to feel ill. She stopped along the roadside and went to the rear of her car to throw up.

"She said she heard something and turned around and saw a male standing behind her with a gun in his hand. He said, 'Give up everything you have,'" Washington said.

The woman told deputies she gave the man $10 in cash and her credit card.

She was unable to provide a description of the man, but said the last time she saw him he was fleeing north on Cowan Road heading toward Belmont Trail.

A witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle around the time of the incident, Washington said.

"She said she saw a blue Ford Mustang traveling in the area at the time," Washington said.

Washington said the incident was under investigation, but investigators have no reason to believe that the robbery is connected with one that occurred a couple of weeks ago at another location on Ga. Highway 81 near the Lovers Lane area.

A 53-year-old man reported being robbed at gunpoint by two suspects on the afternoon of Nov. 30. Cash amounting to $389 was taken from the man and the two suspects fled down Ga. 81 in the direction of Ga. Highway 162 in a black, older model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a black interior.

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