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Newton County woman victim of home invasion

COVINGTON -- A woman living on Kirkland Road reported a home invasion about 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison said the 26-year-old victim told deputies that she had just gotten home from the store and had begun to put up her groceries when she saw a shadow near the back door.

"She thought it was her husband and started toward the door," Morrison said. "At that point a black male had entered the back porch area and grabbed the victim by the hair and pointed a gun at her demanding money."

There were other people in the house at the time of the incident, including small children who began crying.

"The suspect heard the small children crying and saw the mother-in-law running toward the front door. When his attention was diverted, it gave the victim a chance to struggle from the suspect's grasp ... they wrestled around for a few moments and then the small children began crying and he ran out the back door," Morrison said.

The man left the home on foot and when the woman's husband arrived home shortly thereafter, he attempted to follow the trail the suspect took from the house. He was unsuccessful in locating him and when deputies arrived with a canine, the dog was unable to get a good scent from the suspect as the trail had been contaminated, Morrison said.

He is described as between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a white "do-rag" over his face, carrying a black backpack and wearing a black jacket and black jeans. He was carrying a black handgun.

Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.

In other crime news, a man and a 6-year-old boy were injured during a domestic dispute Saturday, according to the NCSO.

Deputies were called around 7:30 p.m. to a home on Pebblebrook Court after a report of a fight was received.

"When deputies pulled up, they observed a man in the driveway with a blood stained T-shirt. He said his estranged wife's boyfriend attacked him with a bottle," Morrison said.

The victim said he was outside the residence speaking with Spencer Crawford, telling him he didn't have to worry about him and his wife getting back together because their marriage was over and he was only there to see his grandson, Morrison explained.

"He said he began walking back toward the residence and that's when Crawford struck him in the ear with a bottle. A fight ensued and other family members tried to stop it," she said, adding that sometime during the altercation, a 6-year-old's hand was cut with the bottle.

Crawford, 41, of 40 Pebblebrook Ct., was charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the second degree.