Police look into robbery claim by man

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Covington Police are looking into an incident during which a man claims he was accosted with a sawed-off shotgun in an apparent robbery attempt while walking his dog in front of his house in the early morning hours Sunday.

The victim called CPD officers to 6116 Greenleaf Court and told them a black man pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him. He stated the unknown man wanted his money and "worked the slide on the shotgun several times as he walked up to (the victim)," according to a CPD incident report.

The victim told officers "he grasped the gun and took it away from the black male. During the incident (the victim) hit the black male in the face and nose three or four times."

Leaving the gun behind, the suspect then ran back to a small green, four-door car parked directly across the street where there were "four or five" other black men waiting for him and they all got into the car and left, according to the victim.

The suspect with the gun was described as being somewhere between 5 feet and 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin body, wearing a red and white hat, blue overalls with the straps pulled down to the waist and a dark shirt or coat. No other descriptions were furnished.

The victim handed over a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12-guage shotgun that had been sawed off to the officers.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

A man who was stabbed in the back by his wife during a fight Saturday night apparently wasn't hurt badly enough to keep him from being arrested and charged under the Family Violence Act.

Chadwick Lamont Barksdale, 38, of 5129 Worsham St., was arrested and charged with simple battery, cruelty to children and public drunk after he was treated at Newton Medical Center for his stab wound.

According to CPD Capt. Ken Malcom, officers learned that Barksdale and his wife were engaged in a fight in the presence of her sister and her boyfriend.

"She (the wife) was being thrown against a wall and the other male at the home stepped in to defend her," Malcom said. "She grabbed a knife and stabbed Barksdale in an attempt to defend somebody who was attempting to defend her."

Barksdale required four stitches.

Two men were arrested Friday night who were allegedly involved in a fight at 215 Bradley St. that was reportedly gang-related, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said the victim said the suspect came to his house around 7 p.m. and knocked on the door. When the victim answered, he was attacked and struck multiple times with some type of weapon the assailant was holding in his hand. At some point in the altercation, the victim was told the assailant and friends who were at the scene as well were attacking him as a way of "pledging allegiance to a local gang."

The victim's brother witnessed the incident and went outside and fired a gun in the air, Mitchell said. When the gun was fired the suspect, along with the other males, got into a vehicle and left.

As deputies collected evidence concerning the assault, the brother of the victim, Lamico Dontaye McGowan of 1124 Wylie St., Atlanta, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct due to the discharge of the firearm.

The fight suspect, Jontavious Cortez Brown, 18, of Mountain View subdivision in Covington, was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.