COVINGTON - A woman was the victim of an armed robbery and attempted rape early Friday morning, but alert Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to capture the man they believe is responsible.
Jeremy Roshun Jackson, 25, of 205 Woodland Road was rrested near the scene and was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal intent to commit rape.
NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said a call came in around 8 a.m. saying there was a burglary in progress at the Salem Glen apartment complex.
"When deputies arrived, they discovered from evidence on the scene that a male had forced his way into an apartment and attempted to assault a female," Mitchell said. "Deputies were able to locate the perpetrator and identify him through witness statements and other evidence."
According to an NCSO incident report, deputies were told by a man at the Salem Road complex that he heard a woman screaming from upstairs and he thought someone was up there. One of the deputies found the victim in the leasing office and she was able to tell them what had happened.
Deputies got a description of the suspect and learned that he "had tattoos all over his body." They located a man in the breezeway of the apartment complex who fit the suspect's description and asked him if he would raise his shirt. When he did, they saw "tattoos all over his body," according to the incident report.
Mitchell said Jackson was in possession of a knife when he assaulted the woman, believed to be in her early 20s. The woman did not require hospitalization.
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