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Newton Sheriff's Office seeks suspects in home invasion, robbery by intimidation

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking several suspects believed to have been involved in a home invasion at a residence at 105 Avonlea Drive in the early morning hours Friday.

According to NCSO spokesman Investigator Michael Cunningham, a 19-year-old man and a female were awakened around 3 a.m. with three masked men standing at their bedside with guns and demanding money.

"The male gave them an undisclosed amount of money. In the process, they hit him with a pistol," Cunningham said, adding that the victim was not seriously injured.

The NCSO incident report on the robbery states that one of the victims was dragged into the back yard, then back to the house and then into the garage, after which the suspects left the residence.

Cunningham said there were other people at home at the time of the incident, but they were not awakened.

There was no forced entry evident at the home and it is unknown how the three men got inside, Cunningham said.

The only description the victims were able to give was that the three intruders were black. They had no description of a vehicle or direction of travel for the suspects after they left the home.

In other crime news, the NCSO is looking for two suspects who reportedly robbed two teens on Mote Road around midnight Saturday.

Cunningham said the two said they had left a party and were walking to meet their parents for a ride home when they were approached by two black males who demanded money.

They told deputies the men had dread locks.

The teens were assaulted and money taken from them. No weapon was displayed and the two suspects ran off into the woods after robbing the teens.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 and ask for the Criminal Investigation Division. Or those with information can go to www.newtonsheriffga.gov and click on anonymous tips and leave information.