CPD: Argument in car escalates into fight

COVINGTON — Three people apparently driving to Augusta early Sunday morning got into an argument and decided to pull over at a business on Alcovy Road to hash out their differences. Not long after a police officer helped diffuse the situation, the argument evidently heated back up, and a woman received a busted lip and a man was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Covington Police Department Officer Gene Nuqui was called sometime around 12:30 a.m. to a fight in the parking lot of FiberVision on Alcovy Road.

When he got there, he noticed a man in the backseat and a woman standing near the open front passenger door of a black Chevrolet Impala arguing with the driver of the car.

Nuqui said he separated the three, and the woman and the driver, Jamaal Robinson, admitted they had been arguing while traveling east along Interstate 20. The argument escalated, and Robinson exited the interstate and pulled into the parking lot, the incident report states.

“(The two) advised officers that their dispute was finished and they both wished to continue toward Augusta with each other,” the incident report states.

Just about 20 minutes later, Nuqui responded to an assault at Waffle House just down the road on Alcovy. When he got there, he found the woman from the previous altercation in the parking lot.

“(She) stated that shortly after leaving FiberVision, Robinson punched her in the mouth,” the officer reported. “(She) stated she got out of the car near Waffle House and Robinson left the area, eastbound on I-20.”

Soon, Robinson returned to Waffle House and said he wanted to pick up the woman. Nuqui noticed that Robinson had blood on his shirt, although he denied there had been a physical altercation, the report states.

Robinson, 26, of 3112 Connor Ct. in Augusta, was placed under arrest and the officer searched the car, where he found a 9mm pistol inside a backpack in the backseat.

All three occupants denied knowing anything about the gun. Nuqui checked the criminal histories of the three and discovered that Robinson had a felony conviction for aggravated assault.

He was then charged with battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In other news, Covington police arrested two roommates who got into a fight in a local hotel room that was littered with drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Sometime around 6:45 a.m.Sunday, Officer Justin Stott responded to a room at America’s Best Family Value Inn on Alcovy Road where two people had been fighting.

The man who called, 31-year-old Joseph Kolman, said he wanted his girlfriend, Kristin Dennis, 25, to leave.

“The complainant did not state exactly why they were arguing, but he did state that the room was in his name and Ms. Dennis gave $20 to help pay for the room,” the officer stated.

Dennis told the officer that Kolman had been “drinking, yelling at her and hitting her,” the report states.

“Ms. Dennis complained of an injured wrist and stated that it hurt because she hit the complainant in the face.”

The officer entered the room and said it was “disheveled,” with clothes and trash all over the floor, beer bottles strewn across the bathroom and on the dresser.

He searched the room and found a blue pen with suspected methamphetamine residue a metal case with a plastic bag containing what is believed to be meth, a butane torch and butane fuel.

Both Dennis and Kolman, of 125 Westbrook Way, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and possession of meth.