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Good Samaritan assaulted, robbed of car

COVINGTON — It is said that no good deed goes unpunished, and one Newton County man apparently has learned that first-hand.

The 22-year-old victim was leaving the Flash Foods convenience store on Brown Bridge Road around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday when a man approached him in the parking lot.

“The person in the parking lot asked the victim to back inside and buy him some items,” said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

The victim agreed, and when he came back outside, he was assaulted by three black males. They stole his watch and the keys to his 2010 Ford Focus and then drove off in the stolen car, Cunningham said.

The car was later found in DeKalb County.

The victim received minor injuries, but refused treatment from EMS when they arrived at the scene, Cunningham said.

“This case is currently under investigation, so we ask that anyone with any information call the Sheriff’s Office at 678-625-1400 or leave an anonymous tip at www.newtonsheriffga.org.,” he said.

In other news, deputies were called to a home on Shenandoah Drive just before 10 p.m. Saturday when a couple got into an argument involving allegations that the man choked his girlfriend and in return, she pointed a gun at him.

Cunningham said the argument apparently began when Bernard Jones grabbed a duffle bag and tried to leave the home, but Angela Simmons didn’t want him to go.

“She alleges he choked her, so she grabbed a gun and pointed it at him,” Cunningham said.

“He said he then locked himself in the garage until deputies arrived. He also told deputies that she was a convicted felon, which they confirmed she was.”

Both Simmons and Jones were arrested. Simmons, 45, of 120 Shenandoah Drive, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and pointing a firearm at another.

Jones, 50, whose address is reported as 381 Lee Road S.W., Apt. A, in Mableton, was charged with simple assault.