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Restaurant is held up at gunpoint

COVINGTON - Two suspects were arrested Wednesday morning shortly after the Waffle House restaurant near the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads was robbed at gunpoint, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said the sheriff's office received a call about 5:30 a.m. that two black men had robbed the restaurant, fleeing in a silver GMC Envoy in the direction of Salem Road.

"At 5:35 a.m., NCSO Deputy Wesley Atha located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Fairview Road," Mitchell said. "NCSO deputies stopped the suspect vehicle on the Access Road near Crowell Road in western Newton County."

Mitchell said one of the suspects fled and fought with deputies until he was Tasered and taken into custody.

"Deputies were able to recover the money that was taken during the armed robbery," Mitchell said.

Arrested were Carlton Sadler, 43, of 130 Spring Lake Terrace, who was charged with armed robbery, three counts of felony obstruction and terroristic threats, and David Maurice Ware, 41, of 220 Flowers Drive, who was charged with armed robbery.

Mitchell issued a press release that stated Sheriff Ezell Brown said he is "proud of the quick action and response of NCSO sheriff's deputies and is very thankful the suspects were taken into custody without anyone getting hurt."

Brown went on to say he urges Newton County residents to get involved and call the Sheriff's Office whenever the need arises, adding that residents have already helped solve several violent crimes this year.

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