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Victim of phone-snatching chases 14-year-old suspect

COVINGTON — A woman shopping at Walmart on Salem Road recently didn’t let a young teenager get away with snatching her cell phone out of her hand.

The Gainesville woman was standing in an aisle of the store around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when someone came up behind her and snatched her phone out of her hand.

“When she turned around, she saw a young male running away with her phone in his hand,” said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cortney Morrison.

The victim started running after the 14-year-old boy and soon an employee with Walmart started chasing him, too. When they got into the parking lot, the Walmart employee caught up with the suspect and was able to detain him until deputies arrived, Morrison said.

The 14-year-old was charged with a juvenile complaint for robbery.

In other news, a Porterdale police officer saw a woman that he knew had an outstanding arrest warrant pulling her car into a residence in town on the morning of Nov. 12. The officer approached the woman, Genia Louise Delee, 26, of 136 Kildeer Ct. in Monticello, and placed her under arrest. The two small children in her car were left in the care of a relative who lived in Porterdale.

The officer then searched the woman’s purse. Inside a bag in the purse, he found several plastic bags that appeared to be used for packaging drugs, along with a small glass pipe with what appeared to be burnt drug residue.

Delee was charged with possession of drug-related objects, possession of Schedule II drugs (methamphetamine), probation violation and cruelty to children.