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Cops: Man found beaten in parking lot

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Detectives with the Covington Police Department are investigating the beating and apparent robbery of a man during the early morning hours Thursday.

The victim, whose residence is located next to Elm Street Pawn on Elm Street was found naked and bleeding in the parking lot of the Krystal restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 about 12:45 a.m.

According to Capt. Ken Malcom, although the restaurant was closed at that hour, employees were still inside and the victim banged on the window in an effort to get help.

"Officers found a male victim laying in Krystal's parking lot, naked and bleeding, saying he had just been beaten and robbed," Malcom said. "The victim told officers that he had run away from five suspects wearing bandannas to Krystal's from his residence."

Malcom said the victim was taken to Newton Medical Center where he was treated and released.

"He had several cuts and marks on his back and head where he was struck several times with a piece of wood," he said.

As officers began searching the vicinity where the man was found, two additional victims came out of a wooded area near the man's residence also asking for help. They said they had been with the victim found in the parking lot. No other information on the two was released.

"Their injuries were not as extensive," Malcom said.

Malcom said the investigation into the incident is ongoing, but there was apparently no forced entry into the man's residence, and detectives believe the victim was able to escape before the robbery occurred, causing the suspects to flee. They are continuing to look into the intent of the robbers and whether the incident was connected to the victim's place of business.

The CPD is looking for four to six suspects, described only as black men with bandannas over their faces. Although officers believe the suspects made their escape in a vehicle, no description of the car or direction of travel was not given.

"We need help on this, and we need people to come forward," Malcom said. "When you have that many people involved in a criminal act, you have other people who are not involved in the act who have knowledge of it. Obviously, we're concerned with a criminal act with this amount of violence, we need to get these people off the streets."

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Michael Tinsley at 770-385-6430. Information may be left anonymously at this number or on the Covington Police website at www.covingtonpolice.com by clicking the "most wanted" tab.