COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking into allegations by a Covington woman that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by her former lover.
According to the 37-year-old victim, she and the 53-year-old married suspect had been having an affair for the last eight or nine months. He was at her house on Allen Drive on Thursday, Jan. 10, while her child was hospitalized in Atlanta. The woman said the hospital called around 2 p.m. and said she could come and pick up her child.
"The suspect offered to accompany her to the hospital to pick up the child. They put the address of the hospital into his GPS and began driving, but soon she sees they are not following the directions being given by the GPS," said NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, explaining the victim's version of what happened. "She said to the suspect, 'I thought you were taking me to the hospital,' at which time he replies, 'No, I'm going to kill you and then kill myself.'"
The victim became alarmed and asked the suspect to take her back home, but she said he refused.
"She said he threw her cell phone out of the window along Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers and punched her on the side of the face," Morrison said, adding that no visible injuries were observed when deputies saw the woman later.
According to the victim, they kept driving around until around 6 a.m. on Friday when they ended up at the suspect's house on Shady Oaks Trail where he forced her out of the car at knifepoint and took her into his house.
"He then goes and wakes his wife up and says, 'You need to come into the living room.' Then the victim and the wife sit down in the living room," Morrison said, adding that the victim then alleged the suspect stuck her in her leg with the tip of the knife, but no marks or cuts were observed.
"The suspect continued to point the knife at the victim and his wife and the victim was eventually able to run from the house when the suspect got on the phone," Morrison said. "She saw a parked car and someone was in the car so she ran up to the car and said she had been kidnapped. That person calls 911 and the victim took off walking away from the scene. Deputies responded and located her and got her side of the story."
Morrison said the victim also made allegations that while riding around in his car, the suspect sexually assaulted her and tried to strangle her with a cell phone cord.
"She said she grabbed it before it could get too tight," Morrison said.
When deputies made contact with the suspect at his house, he admitted to being at the victim's house because her child was in the hospital. But, he said as the night wore on, the victim got mad at him because he had told her he was going to leave his wife for her, but had not done so. In order to prove that he was actually going to leave his wife, the victim demanded he take her to his house and meet with the wife, and he agreed.
"They did arrive and they all sat down to discuss their intentions, but the suspect said the conversation got heated when his wife and the girlfriend/victim began to talk and the victim left," Morrison said.
The only part of either story that the wife corroborated was the part where the husband/suspect is alleged to have said he was going to kill himself.
"The wife did say the suspect was upset and threatened to kill himself because they were being evicted the first of February," Morrison said.
Investigators were called to the scene to begin an investigation and collect evidence to determine whose version of the story is true.