COVINGTON -- A 36-year-old man faces a charge of bestiality after witnesses reported seeing him having sex with horses.
Officers with the Covington Police Department responded to a Lunsford Circle address at about 9 a.m. Tuesday where they arrested Byron Christopher Jordan of 3127 Hendricks Circle.
Jordan, who allegedly gave police a false name at the time of his arrest, has been charged with bestiality and giving a false name or address to a law enforcement officer. He is being held at the Newton County Detention Center.
According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, police were called after witnesses reportedly saw the suspect engage in a sex act with three horses.
"They saw it and they didn't want to tell anybody because they knew people wouldn't believe them," Wagstaff said. "So they went directly to the (horses') owner. And the owner went down there and he actually had to take (the suspect) off the horse."
The animals' owner called a police officer he knew, who, in turn, called in other officers. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.
Wagstaff said the suspect was shirtless and shoeless but wearing a pair of very dirty pajama pants at the time of his arrest.
Wagstaff said the suspect will likely be evaluated by mental health professionals.
"Obviously, if someone does this kind of activity, you would think that there is something wrong," he said.
Under Georgia criminal code, a bestiality conviction is punishable by not less than one nor more than five years in prison.
In other crime news, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested the person who identified herself as "Apple" when she allegedly coaxed a man via the Internet to meet for the alleged purpose of robbing him.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison, Apple's real name is Darreya Scott, 21, of 6156 Johnson Drive. Also arrested as an accomplice in the incident was John Brown Jr., 17, of 40 Bermuda Way. Both were charged with armed robbery.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on May 4 after a man, who had been chatting with Apple for three days via the Internet, agreed to meet her at the Neely Manor subdivision clubhouse.
"Upon arriving, he saw her standing there and not too far from where she was, there were two black males whom she said were related to her," said Cpl. Anthony Washington in an earlier interview.
Washington said Apple got into the victim's car with him and shortly afterward the two men approached the vehicle. One of them pointed a firearm at the victim and they demanded his wallet, phone and money.
Morrison said NCSO investigators are still seeking the third suspect involved in the robbery.
She also said that investigators believe Scott and Brown may have some connection to the recent armed robbery of the McDonald's restaurant, located at the intersection of Crowell Road and Interstate 20.
In this instance, two black men robbed employees at gunpoint on May 28 around 5 a.m. They entered by climbing through the drive-through window and made away with approximately $1,200.
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 the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.