COVINGTON -- A Papa John's pizza delivery man was the victim of armed robbery by an unknown assailant who apparently used a vacant house to commit his crime.
The incident took place the night of April 28 at 70 Wellington Trail in Wellington Oaks subdivision. A pizza order was called in to that address, but a pizza delivery man said when he arrived no one answered the door. The delivery man then was leaving when he received a phone call from his manager stating the resident was in the restroom and asking him to go back to deliver the pizza, said Cortney Morrison, public information officer with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
When the delivery man returned and knocked on the door, he was confronted by a black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, with a blue bandana covering his face and holding a handgun. The suspect told the victim to come inside, grabbed the pizza and told the victim to empty his pockets, Morrison said.
When the victim got outside, he called 911. The house had a lockbox on it, the back door had apparently been kicked in, and there were no working lights or running water, signs it was a vacant residence, Morrison said. The Criminal Investigations Division was called to the scene and evidence was collected.
In other news, a resident on Bachelor Road reported being the victim of a home invasion. The incident occurred at around 5 a.m. on April 26. The man reported he heard his doorbell ring and when he answered it, a back male in a black jumpsuit with long hair was standing at the door. He asked for someone who did not live at the residence. The victim told the man he was at the wrong house. The man at the door left but when the victim turned around, another black male, brandishing a handgun, was standing inside his house, Morrison said. The unidentified male is described as about 5 feet 8 inches and weighing about 200 pounds wearing a hoodie, a ski mask and blue jean shorts. The suspect threatened the victim with the handgun and two other black males entered the home. They demanded money, but when the victim told them he didn't have money in the house one of the males physically assaulted him, Morrison said.
The suspects ransacked one of the rooms and took an undisclosed amount of money, jewelry, an iPad and other electronic devices. CID and the Crime Scene Unit were called to the scene. The suspects were not located during a search of the area.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.