NCSO investigators look into robberies

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery and assault at Susie's Best Wings on Salem Road.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to the restaurant located at 3257 Salem Road.

"Witnesses and victims said a black male came in the restaurant and then went out a few minutes later. Then he later came back in and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money," Mitchell said.

The would-be robber then assaulted an employee of the restaurant.

"The employee attempted to close a window that separates the public area from the kitchen of the wing shop and the assailant struck the employee on top of the head with the weapon a couple of times, causing injury," Mitchell said.

The bandit then fled the restaurant without getting any cash.

Mitchell said there is surveillance video that shows the entire incident.

The robber is described as a light-skinned black man, about 6 feet, 1 inches tall, weighing more than 200 pounds and wearing a black hoodie and dark pants.

A call came in from a Woodland Road address around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from a woman who complained that she was robbed at gunpoint of her food stamp card and her Nike tennis shoes.

Mitchell said the 31-year-old woman reported that she went to the residence to pick up some personal items.

"The victim advised she was struck by another female and a male brandished a firearm," Mitchell said. "This is an active investigation and no arrests have been made. Investigators are looking into this to determine exactly what happened."

Also, on Wednesday, NCSO deputies were called to a home in the Ivy Brook subdivision when a resident reported an armed robbery that took place there Monday night around 11.

Mitchell said a woman at 135 Shiver Blvd. said her son and his friends were at home when three black men entered the residence and brandished a silver handgun.

"They made off with money, two cell phones and an Apple iPhone," Mitchell said. "One of the black males was wearing a black and blue jacket and black pants. He had the firearm."

Mitchell said investigators are looking into this incident as well.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.