Man robbed at gunpoint of PlayStation system, weapon

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- One arrest has been made and more are likely in connection with an armed robbery that took place Monday night on Sunflower Lane, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were summoned to 105 Sunflower Lane about 11 p.m. when a 22-year-old man reported being robbed at gunpoint.

"The victim said he notified one of his friends that he was looking to sell a weapon and a gaming system," said NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison. "The friend said, 'OK, I'll come over tonight and I'm going to bring a friend who wants to buy them.'"

Morrison said the victim said the friend showed up with three other people in the vehicle. The victim told deputies he first showed the occupants of the vehicle the gaming system and was told by one of the suspects that he wanted it.

"He was told, 'I'll give you the money once you go in and get the weapon and let me see it,'" Morrison said.

The victim said when he came back with the weapon and showed it to the occupant of the vehicle, the driver opened his jacket and brandished a black handgun. At the sight of the gun, the victim said he stepped away from the vehicle.

The occupants of the vehicle then took the PlayStation III console with controller and wires and a .40-caliber folding rifle and drove off. They were valued at $400 each.

"The victim said as they were leaving, he heard gunshots coming from the vehicle," Morrison said.

Arrested and charged with armed robbery was the person known to the victim, Frank Edward Nash, 21, 25 Milcrest Drive.

Morrison said the identity of the three other suspects was not known at this time and it was unclear who had brandished the weapon.

"The case is still under investigation and more arrests and charges are likely," she said.