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NCSO searches for two men in armed robbery

COVINGTON — Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies continue to search for two men who robbed a man at gunpoint of more than $500.

According to NCSO Deputy Cortney Morrison, the victim was entering the Ingles grocery store on Salem Road sometime around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was flagged down by a man in the parking lot.

Morrison said the victim recognized the man as being someone he went to high school with years earlier, but did not remember his name.

The suspect reportedly offered the victim $10 to give him a ride to Salem Terrace Apartments, just a few miles down the road.

“The victim agreed and took the perpetrator to Salem Terrace,” Morrison said. “When they got there, the perpetrator told the victim to pull to the apartment in the back so he could go inside and get the money.”

A few minutes later, the suspect, along with another man, approached the car where the victim was waiting.

“The second perpetrator was carrying a small handgun that he had covered with an article of clothing,” Morrison said. He pointed the gun at the victim while the other male went over to the passenger side of the car and went into the victim’s pocket and took the money.”

Morrison said the victim was carrying between $500 and $1,000.

The two men were last seen running into the wood line behind the apartment complex. The victim returned to the Ingles parking lot where he called 911.

Morrison said deputies searched the area where the robbery occurred but were unable to locate the two men. When questioned, residents in the apartment complex were unaware a robbery had occurred and were not familiar with the two suspects.

The first suspect is described as a black male wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as being light-skinned and wearing jeans with no shirt at the time of the alleged robbery. The second suspect also has tattoos on his face and body.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or make an anonymous tip online at www.newtonsheriffga.org.

In other crime news, Covington police arrested two men Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting more than $150 in clothing from Dollar General and Kroger.

According to the incident report, an employee with Dollar General on U.S. Highway 278 saw two men enter the store with what appeared to be empty backpacks. She called 911 after witnessing them on the surveillance camera place various items in the backpacks.

When Covington Police Department Officer Jerry Roberts arrived, he noticed the two men leave the store with backpacks that appeared full. He asked the two men to step away from the doors to the store so he could talk with them.

“As the second offender stepped back, (the first offender) looked at me and took off running,” Roberts wrote in the report. “I yelled with a loud voice to stop running. He looked back, dropped his backpack and continued to run as myself and now Officer Brian LaMacchio gave commands to stop. He did not.”

After a brief foot chase, the suspect, Quendareous Eugene Webb, 20, of 2168 Brown St., was apprehended. He and Demetrius Marquez Pridget, 19, of 2122 Fowler St., were arrested.

A search of both men’s backpacks showed they had stolen a total $126.67 in clothing from Dollar General and $27.74 worth of socks from Kroger.

Pridget was charged with shoplifting and Webb was charged with shoplifting and obstruction of an officer.