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Crime doesn't take a holiday

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies had their hands full over the holiday weekend as crime didn't take time off.

In the early morning hours of Christmas, deputies were summoned to 90 East Country Woods Drive after a man reported he had been attacked and stabbed during an altercation.

He told deputies he was at his ex-girlfriend's house and they had gotten into an argument. Then "out of nowhere" came three unknown suspects who jumped him and one of them stabbed him.

"The victim did not know the people that jumped him and also advised that if face-to-face, he would not be able to ID them," the incident report states.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver said the wound was a surface cut and did not require hospitalization.

The incident is still under investigation.

Also early Christmas morning, deputies were called to a home near Cousins Middle School and found the father of a 6-week-old infant doing CPR on the baby, who later died.

Oliver said Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis had ruled the death accidental.

"The mother was breastfeeding the child in bed and apparently fell asleep and when she woke up, the baby wasn't breathing," Oliver said.

A woman called NCSO deputies around 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day to report that someone had shot into her house around 3 a.m.

The incident report states that a search of the area revealed multiple shell casings, several bullet holes in the walls of the residence and numerous projectiles.

"We have no motive or witnesses at this time. The investigation is still under way, but if anyone knows anything about this incident, they should call us at 678-625-1400," Oliver said.

Tips can be given anonymously at the NCSO website at www.newtonsheriffga.org.

Also, the NCSO is looking into the robbery of a 14-year-old boy on Mountainside Lane around noon on Dec. 26.

The boy told authorities that he was walking home when he was approached by three black males and was ordered to go into the woods.

The boy followed them into the woods and one of them held him down on the ground while one of the others took cash from his pocket. He said the third man walked away from the scene and did not assist the other two in taking his money.

"We've got some good strong leads and are still working this investigation," Oliver said.

In Conyers, four suspects, three of whom were Covington men, were arrested by the Conyers Police Department on Dec. 22 in connection with the shoplifting of some Microsoft Xbox accessories from Walmart on Dogwood Drive.

Arrested were Jaquon Marquevious Giles, 20, 5925 Bretton Drive, Lithonia; Jahnai Anthony Clark, 18, 260 Radcliffe Trace, Covington; Chadrach Shawn Sutherland, 19, 8115 Sterling Lakes Court, Covington; and Craig Laquann Mayho, 19, of 8215 Sterling Lakes Court, Covington. All four were charged with felony shoplifting; Giles faces an additional charge of giving false information to police.

According to the police report, loss prevention officers at Walmart reported the suspected shoplifting at about 4:40 p.m. after they saw Clark and Sutherland taking merchandise from the electronics department, going to the bedding area of the store, opening the packages and putting the items in their pants. One loss prevention officer tried to stop the two suspects as they left the store, but they ran into the parking lot where they got into a tan Mazda 626 and then ran on foot. The two were caught in a nearby parking lot.

A loss prevention officer told police that he saw another suspect, Mayho, enter the same vehicle, empty his pockets and conceal items in the car, and leave.

A review of the store's video surveillance footage showed Giles selecting Xbox controllers from the electronics department and then walking away from Clark and Sutherland, according to the police report.

Mayho and Giles were also apprehended in the parking lot. Giles reportedly gave police a false name and date of birth.

A fifth man who was the driver of the Mazda told police he had been shopping in Walmart and left one of his car doors unlocked as he usually does. He was not charged by police.

Items stolen in the incident included three Xbox 360 controllers valued at $65 each; four Xbox controllers valued at $40 each; two Xbox 36 Powerpaks valued at $10 each; and a pair of earrings valued at $5. All of the merchandise was recovered from the car.

Editor Alice Queen contributed to this story.