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14-year-old charged in sawed-off shotgun incident

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Covington Police have made an arrest involving an apparent attempted robbery of a man who was walking his dog around 1 a.m. and was accosted by a teenager with a sawed-off shotgun.

A 14-year-old juvenile was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was turned over to Juvenile authorities.

The incident occurred at 1:20 a.m. Sunday at 6116 Green Leaf Court. The victim told officers a black male pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him. He stated the unknown male 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."

The gun was recovered at the scene.

CPD Public Information Officer Ken Malcom said others who witnessed the incident are being treated as witnesses at this point and no further charges are expected.

He said detectives had determined it was "a crime of opportunity" in which the young man had possession of the gun and attempted to take advantage of another citizen.

"It wasn't a gang initiation or anything like that," he said.

Malcom said detectives will continue to look into how the 14-year-old acquired the sawed-off shotgun.