CIty of Covington employee chased with knife

COVINGTON -- A city of Covington employee mapping out locations on the roadway for gas lines had to run for her life last week when she was chased by a man allegedly wielding a knife.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, the woman was marking the road on Need Street on Feb. 10 when she saw a black male walk out of a residence at 7130 Need St.

"She turned and walked back to her truck. While she was walking to her truck, she looked behind her and the black male was running towards her with a large knife in his hand," the report states. "She then took off running towards Geiger Street. She crossed over Geiger Street and stopped when she made it to employees from D&J Pipe Line. She then looked back and the male had stopped chasing her and had turned around and was walking back to his house."

When CPD officers arrived at the scene, the woman's story was confirmed by witnesses, and officers approached the residence at 7130 Need St. and made contact with a man by the name of Ronald Smith, 59.

"I asked Smith did he chase a female with a knife," the report states."Smith stated yes, but it was a misunderstanding."

He was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and probation violation. According to jail records, the probation Smith was on stemmed from an original charge of aggravated assault, as well.

In other crime news, Joshua Micah Johnson, 30, of 5162 Lindwood Drive, has been charged by the CPD with enticing a child for indecent purposes, sodomy, and child molestation.

According to CPD Public Information Officer Ken Malcom, several incidents allegedly occurred between Johnson and an elementary school-age male child between the present and 2008.

"A complaint was made to us and we investigated and found probable cause to arrest Johnson on those charges," Malcom said, adding that the victim knew Johnson.


HonestAbe 3 years, 7 months ago

My ,my thugs running around chasing citizens with knife in broad day light. How many more times are these thugs going to be let out of jail to commit the same crime again? I just think it,s more important to get and keep thugs off the street than it is to catch someone going 5 miles an hour fast on I 20.


John 3 years, 7 months ago

Looks like someone doesn't a.) proof their work before posting or b.) doesn't know how to spell the word City (vs Clty). Hint: look at the headline.


spdracer90 3 years, 7 months ago

It is a typo for goodness sake---I guess you are having a good day if that is all you have to complain about!!


John 3 years, 7 months ago

spdracer90, If you would have looked a bit closer (in the news headline summary) you would have seen that city was also spelled ciity. One would think that professionals that have possibly earned a degree in journalism and report news for a living this would be simple to catch or their "spell check" ain't workin'.. PS: I always have a good day!


Covingtonian 3 years, 7 months ago

This man is known to be mentally unstable by those in the community as well as Police. Someone needs to get him help before he hurts someone or is killed himself.


Frustrated 3 years, 7 months ago

Guess this is why the City of Covington is advertising for a utilities locator?


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