2 more arrested in connection with robbery

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have made two additional arrests in connection with an armed robbery Monday evening on Sunflower Lane.

A 22-year-old victim reported he had been robbed at gunpoint around 11 p.m. Taken were a PlayStation 3 console with controller and wires and a .40 caliber folding rifle. The total value of the items was $800. He reported there were four suspects who robbed him, but the only person he knew was Frank Edward Nash, 21, of 25 Milcrest Drive, who was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison said since that time investigators were able to identify additional subjects involved and obtained two arrest warrants.

"They were doing surveillance off (Ga.) Highway 81 South at Laurel Ridge subdivision Wednesday. Around 3 p.m. a vehicle left the area occupied by four subjects," she said, adding that two of the occupants were the suspects in the armed robbery.

"Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop with blue lights and siren, but the vehicle did not stop and a chase ensued," Morrison said.

She said the chase did not last very long and the vehicle was finally stopped on Ga. Highway 212 at Wehunt Road.

Arrested and charged with armed robbery in connection with Monday's incident were Billie Jo Owenby, 33, of 799 Cowan Road, and Joshua Lusk, 25, of 5 Wentworth Drive, Oxford.

Deputies also discovered that the two other people in the vehicle had outstanding warrants for criminal trespass and they, too, were taken into custody. Also arrested were Susan Roper, 51, P.O. Box 427, Porterdale, and Tiffany Dawn Mitchell, 32, of 2830 Centennial Road, Rutledge.

In other crime news, the Newton County Fire Service was called to Mason Drive around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a 1992 Jeep Cherokee was set on fire.

According to NCFS Chief Mike Satterfield, it was later discovered the car had been reported stolen. He said the fire was likely intentionally set and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.