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Newton County authorities arrest second suspect in Bailey's armed robbery

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office made a second arrest Saturday in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at Bailey's Food Pride in May.

Javonte Demarcus Norfleet, 19, of 1520 Callaway Loop, Conyers, faces charges of armed robbery; intimidation; taking control of substance and possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit a crime.

"Through our investigation, we were able to charge Norfleet. We have been looking for him and were able to pick him up Saturday," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Investigators arrested 19-year-old Traion West shortly after the robbery and charged him with armed robbery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and loitering and prowling. He was found in Ashley Meadows subdivision on Sunflower Lane and when investigators approached, he fled and was seen tossing a large amount of money away as he ran.

The Salem Road store was robbed on May 27. One suspect had a handgun and he removed money from the cash drawer, while the second suspect acted as a lookout. Both men were wearing gray hoods and black masks and fled on foot.

In other crime news, two men attempted to rob The Golden Pantry, located at 3538 Salem Road, during the early morning hours Friday.

Mitchell said two men entered the store between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m.

"One of them was at the counter and the clerk said the second individual dropped a beverage," Mitchell said, adding that it is believed this was done to distract the clerk. "When she turned around, she saw the individual who was at the counter trying to go into the back office and she yelled at him."

Mitchell said one of the men fled in a Dodge Charger and the other fled on foot. Nothing was taken and nobody was hurt.

"The investigation is ongoing. We are trying to run down leads," Mitchell said.

NCSO Investigators are also trying to discover who shot into an Ardella Drive residence Friday night.

"We responded to the scene and the complainant showed us where a round came through his front door, pretty close to where family members were sitting in the house," Mitchell said. "We're trying to determine where it came from, what their motive was or if somebody was just being reckless."

Mitchell said investigators are anxious to speak with anyone who might have some information on the incident. Call 678-625-1400 or tips can be given anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org.

On Monday NCSO deputies were at the right place at the right time to catch a man accused of burglary.

A woman called to report that she had found several items that belonged to her deceased relative at an area recycling center. Deputies met the woman at the recycling center and she gave them the name of the person she suspected of taking the items.

A short time later, the suspect showed up at the recycling center.

"Deputies conducted a traffic stop and determined that he had things in his possession that belonged to the deceased relative and that he was the person that had previously brought items to the recycling center. We were able to recover some of the items," Mitchell said.

David Leon Black Jr., 41, of 915 Campbell Road, was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.