Newton sheriff investigates attack on teen at home on Butler Bridge Road

COVINGTON — A 17-year-old girl was attacked in her Butler Bridge Road home Monday evening while babysitting her two younger siblings, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Keith Crum said the young woman and her two siblings had gone out and returned home about 7:20 p.m. to find the back door open.

“She contacted the neighbors and the neighbors looked through the house and didn’t locate anyone or anything unusual,” Crum said. “The 17-year-old and the two children then went inside and she began preparing a meal.”

Crum said the young woman stepped out on the back deck of the house and noticed a man rapidly advancing toward her.

“He swung and hit her in the face, but she was able to get away and went back into the house, locked the door and called 911,” Crum said.

The victim suffered superficial injuries.

“We don’t know of anything that was stolen, so we don’t know if she interrupted a burglary or what the motive was,” Crum said.

The man was described as an older white man with gray hair which was “spiked up” with gel, a wrinkled face and wearing a leather jacket and blue jeans.

Crum said investigators believe the suspect frequents the Butler Bridge Road area and ask that anyone who may have information on this person or incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or go to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and click on anonymous tips. Leave contact information if you wish to be contacted by an investigator.

In other crime news, a 25-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the molestation of a 16-year-old female.

Megan Leigh Kochis of 85 Springfield Drive was arrested Tuesday and charged with cruelty to children in the second degree and child molestation; aggravated child molestation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred in September.

Crum said the suspect and the victim were known to each other.

“The 16-year-old told a friend at church and, in turn, DFACS was called and we were notified,” Crum said.

The incident is still under investigation and more charges could follow.

Also, a stepfather has been charged in connection with an attack on his 21-year-old stepson at a residence on Ridge Pointe Drive about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the NCSO incident report, when deputies arrived at the scene they observed the victim holding a silver baseball bat with blood all over it.

“I then noticed a female subject (the victim’s mother) on his right, holding his right hand with a towel wrapped around it. I saw she was trying to put pressure on the male subject’s injury. Blood was on the roadway and on the towel,” the report stated.

The mother told deputies that about an hour earlier the stepfather had noticed some coins missing from his room and confronted the victim about it. The stepson told him he did not take the coins, but the mother said her husband became “enraged.”

“They were in the kitchen area at this point. Her husband then walked out into the garage area and walked back in the kitchen with a hammer in his hand. He began to walk towards her son with the hammer,” the report states. “She stepped in between both of them to separate them, but her husband and her son began fighting. She stated her husband almost struck her son with the hammer. She finally got them separated and she had her son to walk outside the front door.”

The mother and son stayed outside for a period of time and then the mother suggested to the son that he leave the residence and go to his grandfather’s house. He agreed and went back inside to gather some belongings, according to the report.

“Once her husband realized her son was back inside the residence, he grabbed a kitchen knife from the kitchen and walked up the stairs and into her son’s bedroom. She then asked her neighbor to call 911 for her,” the report states.

Crum said an affray ensued and the younger man sustained several cuts, including cuts to his face, as well as bruises and abrasions.

The stepfather, Hugh H. Maddo, 52, of 75 Ridge Pointe Drive was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and simple assault, both under the Family Violence Act.

Also, the NCSO is investigating multiple incidents of entering autos in Starrsville.

“Deputies on patrol around 9 p.m. observed one vehicle that had the door open and checked the surrounding area and found a number of other vehicles were entered,” Crum said, adding that most of the vehicles were unlocked and it appeared they were entered either through the doors or the trunk.

“We don’t know if we interrupted a crime in progress or not,” he said. “In the majority of cases, nothing was taken. And several items that were taken were later found nearby where they were apparently dropped.”

Crum said a wallet, a Medieval sword and electronic items were recovered.

“There are no known suspects. They did use latex gloves,” he said.

Crum said he would remind residents to take precautions when leaving their vehicles overnight.

“Even though we’re living in a safe community, we should lock our vehicles at night and keep items of obvious value out of plain view,” he said.