COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating all parties involved in a complaint that resulted in the arrest of a Stone Mountain couple Thursday night.
According to NCSO spokesman First Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called around 9:15 p.m. to 1419 Lower River Road with the report of a burglary in progress.
When deputies arrived they discovered two individuals at the residence who said they had purchased the residence and were changing the locks. Neighbors, who had called in the complaint, alleged the couple was burglarizing the residence.
"Deputies looked into the incident and a determination was made after deputies spoke to all parties involved to arrest the individuals (couple changing the locks) for loitering and prowling." Mitchell said.
Jean Joseph T. Kalonji, 61, and Angelica Kalonji, 56, both of Stone Mountain, were taken to the Newton County Detention Center and later bonded out.
Mitchell said when reports were reviewed the morning following the arrest, a determination was made to look into the matter further.
The Kalonjis, a bi-racial couple, have made complaints against the Sheriff's Office through their attorney. According to several internet blogging sites, the couple said neighbors pointed weapons at them and forced them from their home, but they were the ones who were arrested without cause.
"We're continuing to investigate as to exactly what occurred that evening. The Sheriff's Office will also be conducting an internal investigation," Mitchell said. "As of today, April 23, the warrants against them have been rescinded and the charges have been dropped."
Mitchell said deputies at the scene had reported that the neighbors who called and reported a burglary in progress did have firearms in their possession, but what, if any, action they took against the couple they thought were burglars has not been determined.
"Everything will be thoroughly investigated," Mitchell said, adding that the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division will look into the matter of any crimes that were committed and the NCSO Internal Affairs Division will review the conduct of the deputies.
"If there's a question about something that occurred, we will have our Internal Affairs and Professional Standards Office look into it. We want to stay within the standards that we are required to meet to best serve the community."