Two men sought in home invasion, armed robbery

COVINGTON — A Princeton Way man was robbed at gunpoint by two men after he answered a knock at his door shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver said two men armed with handguns knocked on the door of the residence, held the man who came to the door at gunpoint, came into the home and got away with a small amount of cash. Oliver said there were six other people in the house at the time — five men and one woman — but no one else saw the suspects. The robbery victim was unable to give a description of the suspects, other than that they were two black men, although Oliver said the suspects’ faces were not covered.

Oliver said the motive in the robbery is unclear at this time, although the Sheriff’s Office believes the robbery was an isolated incident.

The NCSO K9 unit Elvis was called to the Princeton Woods subdivision just after midnight to attempt to track the suspects. Elvis and handler Officer Wesley Atha tracked the suspects between houses in the subdivision, came out on Kirkland Road, and crossed over to the Kings Ridge subdivision where the dog lost the track near the entrance sign. Elvis continued to circle the sign, which indicated that the suspects may have hidden behind the sign while waiting to be picked up in a vehicle.

Oliver advised residents to exercise caution during the holiday season. He said residents should install a peephole in the doors of their homes and know who is outside before opening the door. “Be aware of your surroundings when you get out of your car when you are at a shopping center or going into your house,” he added.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 678-625-1412. Anyone wishing to leave an anonymous tip can call 678-625-5007 or go online at www.newtonsheriffga.org.