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Newton deputy breaks up assault involving handgun, tire iron

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy happened to be at the right place at the right time on Oct. 26 to break up an altercation involving a tire iron and a handgun.

The deputy was helping a resident open a locked vehicle about 5 p.m. in the parking lot of a business on Eagle Drive when he heard raised voices from the roadway.

He saw two men, one driving a black truck with the driver's side door open who appeared to be yelling at another man in a white truck.

"He initially thought it was an accident," NCSO spokesman 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell said. "Then he saw that the male in the black truck appeared to brandish a handgun and saw him walking toward the male in the white truck, who appeared to take cover."

Mitchell said the deputy ran toward the two trucks with the intention of stopping what was going on, but before he could get there, the man who had been driving the black truck reached the other man and used a tire iron and "poked him in the chest four times, very hard," according to the NCSO incident report.

Once the officer broke up the altercation, he was able to locate the handgun, as well as drugs. He also determined that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol.

Mitchell said it was so far unknown what the altercation was about.

Christopher Marcus Kidd, 24, of 90 Avalon Road was arrested at the scene and charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, drugs to be kept in original container, DUI/alcohol, pointing a gun/pistol at another, and simple assault.

In other crime news, a 51-year-old Decatur man was arrested in a theft by taking incident on Access Road on Oct. 22.

Mitchell said the NCSO received a call about 1 p.m. and learned that the owner of Conestoga Builders at 1265 Access Road was showing a storage building to a customer when a man later identified as Anthony Andre Butler entered the business office.

"He was able to steal some company checks and the owner's wallet," Mitchell said. "When the owner realized this, the male quickly left the business and fled in his vehicle down a no outlet road ... he was driving backwards trying to get away from the owner."

Mitchell said NCSO units went after him and found him driving recklessly through the neighborhood, searching for a way out of the area.

Butler, who initially gave a phony name to deputies, was arrested and charged with theft by taking, reckless driving, driving while license is suspended or revoked and giving false name and information to law enforcement officers.

Also, employees at a church were apparently victimized on Oct. 23 by an unidentified black woman, according to the Covington Police Department.

An employee at Baptist Tabernacle at 10119 Access Road said the woman was observed in the hallway of the church and they began to question among themselves who she was. She was next spotted exiting the restroom and when questioned, she said she was looking for a rental business and decided she needed to use the restroom.

Later the employee noticed that $120 in cash was missing from her purse that was in a backpack behind her desk.

The woman is believed to have been driving a white SUV.