COVINGTON — Two young men were robbed and shot at Wednesday afternoon after they were approached about selling a deer stand that was in the back of their truck, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison said the incident began about 2 p.m. at a residence on Pickett Bridge Road where the two young men were when a white man approached them about purchasing the deer stand. When the owner of the stand said he would sell it, the suspect said he needed to call his buddy to see if he was interested in going halves with him to purchase the stand.
The two victims, ages 18 and 19, said the suspect talked with someone and came back to them and said his buddy would go halves with him, but he asked if they could drive him to meet his buddy and the transaction would be completed.
Both young men and the suspect who was allegedly interested in purchasing the deer stand got into the truck and drove to Emerald Lane, located in an empty subdivision off Campbell Road.
“One of the victims said when they pulled up, there was no other vehicle there and something didn’t feel right,” Morrison said. “They were waiting for someone else to pull up when two white males came out from the woods with rifles. Both individuals pointed the rifles at their faces.”
Morrison said the two gunmen demanded money, but the victims did not comply.
“So one of the gunmen tried to hit one of the victims with the butt of his rifle and the other suspect pulls out some type of baton and begins striking him with it,” Morrison said. “The other victim was able to get in the truck and start it and the one who was under attack was able to escape and jump into the truck.”
As the two victims sped away, one of the gunmen fired a shot through the back window of the truck, she said. The two were able to make it to Potts Grocery at the intersection of Ga. highways 36 and 212 and called 911.
They described the suspects as being between 16 and 18 years old, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, with no facial hair and said they “looked to be related.”
“Investigators are currently working to substantiate the information and track down the three suspects,” Morrison said.
In other crime news, a mother faces child cruelty charges after authorities at a Newton County school reported to the Department of Family and Children’s Services that marks had been observed on a 5-year-old boy who is a student.
Morrison said DFCS investigators visited the home of the boy who told them the marks were caused by a belt his mother had used on him.
Deputies who completed an NCSO incident report stated they observed “multiple bruises and scabs all over the back” of the boy Jan. 30.
When questioned, the mother of the 5-year-old confirmed that she “spanked” her son a week earlier on Jan. 23.
“There were still visible injuries to the child even a week later,” Morrison said.
Paige Blalock, 41, of 130 Dearing Woods Way was arrested and charged with cruelty to children in the third degree.
The Covington Police are looking into the report of a robbery/carjacking incident that allegedly occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A man told them he was sitting and eating a sandwich in his blue Kia van in the parking lot of Bojangles when a white man with his hair cut in a combination crew cut/mohawk came up to his door and asked if he could jump his car off. The man said he agreed to help and that is when the man snatched his door open and started beating him with a wooden hammer.
He told detectives his wallet containing $200, three bottles of medication and his cellphone were taken from him during the struggle. He said the man then got into the Kia and drove away.
The victim then walked about a mile to Metro Mobile Home Park, where he called authorities. The victim was transported to Newton Medical Center and detectives are continuing the investigation.
Also, a 40-year-old south Newton County man was arrested Jan. 22 after he repeatedly called 911 and asked for NCSO deputies to come to his home. Morrison said when deputies arrived, the man told them, “This really isn’t an emergency, but I wanted to let deputies know my wife is cheating on me.”
Deputies repeatedly explained to the man that he would have to handle his own personal problems and that 911 was reserved for those who were having a true emergency. Morrison said the man acknowledged that he understood.
When he called them on the third occasion, he was arrested and charged with unlawful use of 911.
A man was arrested Jan. 29 after he showed up for Probate Court in an intoxicated state.
Larry Johnson, 54, of 12001 Flat Shoals Road was charged with contempt of court and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.
Morrison said deputies reported about 3 p.m. Johnson was outside the courtroom and was “talking very loud, causing a disturbance and smelled of alcohol” before entering the courtroom. A deputy went to his vehicle to get a portable Breathalyzer and when he returned, the man had already entered the courtroom.
She said the deputy approached the judge and told him what was going on and the judge gave the deputy permission to administer the Breathalyzer test to Johnson, who admitted he had had a drink that morning, but had quit very early. Morrison said Johnson blew a .28, more than three times the legal limit, and Johnson was arrested.