Man says he was robbed at gunpoint at apartment

COVINGTON -- A Conyers man called the Newton County Sheriff's Office around midnight Tuesday to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint while at an apartment on Gross Lake Parkway.

The man said that $1,860 in cash was taken from his pocket and that he was struck in the head by one of the suspects wielding a black semi-automatic handgun, according to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison.

" ... he heard a knock at the door, opened the door and a young black male, approximately 18 years old, wearing a red shirt and dark pants produced the handgun. The victim said he slammed the door on the suspect's right arm and another suspect wearing a black shirt and pants appeared," Morrison said.

Next the suspect wearing the red shirt forced his way into the apartment, followed by the second suspect.

"He said he punched the suspect in the red shirt several times, but the second suspect was able to pull him into the breezeway and all three of them got into an altercation," Morrison said.

The suspects were demanding money and kept trying to pull his pants off him. Eventually they ran away and he realized they had taken his cash, the man said.

Deputies set up a perimeter of the area and Morrison said they were able to locate two suspects fitting the descriptions the victim had given them and brought them to the Sheriff's Office headquarters for questioning. However, the victim failed to identify them and they were released.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or go to their web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and make an anonymous tip.