COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is continuing to "aggressively" work the case involving a Lake Charles subdivision couple who were robbed and assaulted by two armed men on the morning of Aug. 24, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.
When the news story reporting the incident was published on Aug. 25, a Sheriff's Office spokesman told the Citizen the couple was unharmed; however, Mitchell has since confirmed that the man and his wife "were assaulted and were very shook up. We've saturated the area and are continuously touching base with the family and are in the process of actively working the case," Mitchell said.
Mitchell said two black male assailants were in the home "for quite some time."
The victims told authorities the two entered the home through the garage and demanded money. They forced the couple to lie face down on the floor, took the husband's wallet and fled on foot.
Lake Charles subdivision is located off Smith Store Road in western Newton County.
In other crime news, two businesses were burglarized over the weekend, according to the Covington Police Department.
A CPD incident report stated that when the manager of Hibbett Sports, in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278, arrived at work Saturday morning, he notified police after he discovered damage to the back door of the store and the emergency lights turned off.
Upon his entering the store, it was determined that the power was turned off to the store, thus disabling the security alarm. The intruder took two book bags and filled them with 50 hats.
A couple of hours later an employee of Long John Silver's restaurant on U.S. 278 notified police that the store had been burglarized.
According to a CPD incident report, someone entered the business through an air conditioner duct and cut open the safe, stealing the money inside. Electric lines to a motion detector and a telephone had also been cut.