COVINGTON -- A Newton County man faces assault charges after he allegedly went after his girlfriend and her female friend with a black and pink softball bat, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Justin Corey Harris, 29, of 101 Kellog St., Mansfield, was arrested and charged under the Family Violence Act with aggravated battery and aggravated assault following the incident around 10:40 p.m. Saturday at his girlfriend's home on Oak Hill Road.
NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said both females were 23 years old and the boyfriend was an invited guest at the residence.
"They had been socializing and had consumed alcohol," Crum said. "The friction started when allegations were made that Justin (Harris) had made advances to the girlfriend's friend."
At that point it is alleged that the girlfriend picked up the bat and hit Harris, but he then took the bat away from her and struck both women. 911 Dispatch was called and through the open line, dispatchers reported hearing a woman screaming she needed help and she kept yelling for her boyfriend to leave her and her friend alone. The female also stated there was "blood everywhere," according to the NCSO incident report.
"She had pushed Justin out of the house and locked the door about the same time deputies arrived," Crum said, adding that an investigation ensued by an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division and Harris was identified as the aggressor. He was arrested and the women were both transported to Atlanta Medical Center where they were treated and released the next day. Crum said they suffered contusions, bruises and lacerations.
In other crime news, two people were arrested by the Covington Police Department after they allegedly held a woman's cell phone for ransom.
According to the CPD incident report, the woman came to the police department and reported that she had either lost or left her phone at Kroger the previous day. She said she was later contacted by text messages from someone stating her phone would be returned to her in exchange for a payment of $140. The person texting her said a white male with brown hair would meet her at QuickTrip on U.S. Highway 278 near the pay phones.
A CPD officer accompanied the woman to QuickTrip and she made contact with a white male wearing a ball cap near the pay phones. The male gave the cell phone to the woman and asked for $140, at which time he was confronted by CPD officers. The incident report states he admitted he had contacted the woman and asked for the money.
Arrested was David Call, 20, of 160 Richardson St., Oxford, who was charged with theft by receiving.
Call waived his Miranda Rights and told the officers he had gotten the phone from a woman by the name of Christie Delancey who was parked over by the gas pumps in a red Alero. Delancey, 26, of 322 First St., was also arrested and charged with theft by receiving. She said she had received the phone from another individual who said he bought it from someone at QuickTrip. The phone was valued at $400.