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Mystery assailant stabs man while walking home

COVINGTON -- A Covington man is recovering from stab wounds that Covington police officers describe as "serious" after he was allegedly accosted by a unknown assailant while walking home Saturday morning.

Officers were dispatched to a West Street address around 7:40 a.m. after 911 dispatchers received a report of a fight.

"I was met in the front hall area by a black male bleeding from what appeared to be coming from his left shoulder," the CPD incident report states. "I asked the male (what happened) ... who told me that he was walking on West Street near Webster Street when a guy jumped out of a vehicle and hit him."

The victim said it wasn't until he got in his house that his wife told him he was bleeding and that it appeared he had been stabbed. It turned out that he had stab wounds, one to the left shoulder and the other in his lower back area. He was transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center.

CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said the victim could not describe his assailant nor the vehicle he was in. An investigation into the incident is continuing.

In other crime news, the Newton County Sheriff's Office reports that a vehicle did extensive damage to a home on Old Concord Drive Saturday evening.

Deputies responded to the scene and the homeowner told them a vehicle ran into the side of his home, striking the hall wall and knocking down a wall in the guest bedroom.

A neighbor advised deputies that he heard a loud noise in the direction of the residence and observed a gray, newer model sport utility vehicle leaving the yard, headed in the direction of Kirkland Road, according to NCSO spokesman Mark Mitchell.

"Deputies checked the area and observed a gray Toyota 4Runner which matched the description of the vehicle with extensive damage," Mitchell said. "Upon initiating a traffic stop, it was determined that was the vehicle that struck the residence."

According to an NCSO incident report, the passenger in the vehicle admitted he was driving the car, but had suffered a seizure and did not remember what happened.

"The passenger stated that he believed he was involved in an accident ... and returned home and had his cousin drive him to the area to see if he could figure out what he hit," the report states.

The deputy asked the man if when he saw the deputies and the fire department at the location, it didn't occur to him that he was responsible for the damage.

"The passenger stated that he did see authorities on location but did not realize the reason they were there. I then placed the passenger under arrest and transported him to the Newton County Sheriff's Office," the report states.

Jean Q. Stfleur, 39, of 11928 Briarfield Court, Cincinnati, Ohio, was charged with hit and run/leaving the scene of an accident.

Also, NCSO deputies arrested a man Monday night who is suspected of a peeping tom incident at a Kirkland Road apartment complex.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said a caller to 911 dispatch reported she had seen a man looking in the window of her apartment at the Arbor Lake complex around 11:30 p.m.

"Responding deputies arrived and were approaching one of the buildings when they located a man fitting the description given to us by the complainant," Mitchell said. "Further investigation revealed he was on location intending to make contact with the complainant."

Mitchell said it turned out that the suspect was known to the woman who reported the incident.

Larry Alan Scoggins, 36, of 4309 Derbyshire Drive, Conyers, was arrested and charged with peeping tom, aggravated stalking, public intoxication, loitering and prowling, driving while license is suspended and DUI.