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NCSO searches for suspects in armed robbery

COVINGTON -- At least two men attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint in the early morning hours Saturday as she walked to the front door of her apartment, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison said the 23-year-old victim told investigators sometime between 1:44 and 3:30 a.m. she was returning to The Enclave apartments on Gross Lake Parkway after "running errands."

As she approached her apartment, "two or three black males, wearing all black clothing, possibly in their early 20s, ran toward her in the parking lot area," Morrison said. "One of the males approached her and pointed a small black pistol at her."

Morrison said the woman said he demanded her keys and her phone and then pushed her to the ground and took them from her.

While another man stayed with her, he used the keys to enter the woman's apartment, Morrison said.

"(A little later) the male who went into the apartment came out and asked where her money was," Morrison said. "The guy (who stayed with her) picked her up and began to walk her up the stairs to her apartment. At that point, she began to resist and yell for help."

The man who went inside the apartment then appeared and said a neighbor was calling 911 and it was time to go.

Then she said another of the men yelled toward the parking lot and said to start the car because it was time to go. She did not, however, ever see a vehicle and could not tell officers whether the men fled on foot or in a car.

Morrison said evidence was collected at the scene that is believed to have belonged to the perpetrators.

"Nothing was actually taken, but her belongings had been gone through. The woman was not hurt. She picked her phone and keys up off the floor," Morrison said.

A witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle about the same time and Morrison said details were given on that car.

"We do not believe the owner of the vehicle was involved; however, we do need that person to make contact with us because we do believe the vehicle was involved," Morrison said.

The vehicle is a 1999 silver Ford Taurus, tag number 383SBS, registered to a Regina Smith of Stone Mountain.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the vehicle is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.

Tips can also be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.