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Decatur woman says she was raped in Newton or Rockdale

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A woman walked into the Kroger store on Salem Road in the early morning hours Tuesday and told the security guard that she had been raped, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said the woman said the incident occurred between 2:30 and 4 a.m. and began when she was in Decatur.

"She said she was near the street when a black male pulled up and asked if she wanted to go smoke a blunt," Crum said. "She got in the car and he drove her to an unknown location."

Crum said the woman was unable to furnish any specific information on the unknown man and when asked by deputies specifically where the alleged rape had occurred, she pointed toward Rockdale County and said "about two minutes that way."

"She gave very sketchy information and was transported to a hospital where she fell asleep and was unable to give anymore information," Crum said, adding that she was reinterviewed later.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was also notified of the allegations.

Crum said it has happened in the past that women are picked up in Atlanta and men drive them out to Rockdale or Newton County, have sex with them and dump them.

In other crime news, a 19-year-old man is being held by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on sex offense allegations after two 14-year-old girls allegedly spent the night at his house.

Michael James Blackmore, 19, of 80 Upland Lane, Oxford faces charges of sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sodomy; aggravated sodomy, and child molestation; aggravated child molestation in connection with the incident.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum, investigators believe that on or about June 2, between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., the two teens left their residence and went to Blackmore's home where they stayed the night.

Crum said the allegations stem from Blackmore's alleged involvement with one of the girls.

In a separate incident, one man is charged with aggravated assault after he and his brother got into a fight which wound up involving a firearm Wednesday.

The incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. at the shared home of the brothers at 33 Edgefield Lane.

"They got into a pushing, shoving argument and one brother pulled a pistol on the other brother," Crum said. "A neighbor saw what was going on and pulled his pistol and made the brother drop it."

The NCSO responded and arrested and charged Issac Yates, 21, with aggravated assault, pointing a gun at another, and terroristic threats and acts.