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Man says he was robbed at gunpoint

COVINGTON -- A man notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office on Friday that he was robbed at gunpoint the night before as he tried to get a ride home.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the man said around 11 p.m. Thursday he was in the area of Salem and Cowan roads when he approached a dark vehicle with dark-tinted windows and custom chrome wheels to ask if he could get a ride.

The victim told the NCSO that a black man pulled a firearm on him and robbed him of $300 cash and his brown leather wallet. No description of the suspect nor his firearm was available.

Mitchell said the allegations are being investigated by the NCSO Criminal Investigations Division.

In other crime news, the NCSO received two reports of random gunfire that resulted in bullets striking homes over the weekend.

A man living on Ryans Circle reported that sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, someone fired a weapon at his home, striking his back bedroom window.

Mitchell said the home backs up to a large wooded area and investigators haven't been able to determine if the gun shot was from someone hunting or if there was a sinister motive involved.

Also around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, residents at a home on Lake Charles Way reported hearing three or four gunshots outside their residence, Mitchell said.

Bullets struck a back door, breaking the glass, siding on the rear of the house and a fragment entered a back bedroom wall.

"We're looking into exactly what happened. We haven't been able to locate any evidence around the residence," Mitchell said, adding the CID investigators are questioning the residents to ascertain if there could be someone who might have a grudge against someone living at the location.

Anyone with information on any 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 their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.