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Man jumps on hood of car to stop thief from stealing it

CPD: Suspect had been released from jail day earlier

COVINGTON — A man was thrown off the hood of his own car as he attempted to stop a thief — who had just been released from jail — from stealing it.

Jabri T. Spence, 30, was released Tuesday from the Newton County Law Enforcement Center where he had been serving time since May on a theft by receiving stolen property charge, according to the Covington Police Department.

But by Wednesday evening, Spence once again found himself arrested and transported back to the jail.

According to the Police Department, sometime around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, a man pulled his red Honda Civic to the front door of the Shell Gas Station at 10125 Alcovy Road. He left the car running and the doors unlocked while he purchased a couple of lottery tickets.

While waiting to purchase his tickets, “he saw his car reversing out of the parking space,” the incident report completed by CPD officer Demetri Myers states.

“(The victim) stated that he ran outside to see an unknown male behind the wheel of his vehicle and he jumped onto the hood of his vehicle trying to stop the male from leaving.”

The man held on as Spence backed up the car, but then was thrown off the vehicle, which caused him to injure his knee.

“The unknown male sped away and (the victim) watched as his vehicle left the Shell parking lot and entered onto Interstate 20 heading west,” the report states.

The victim called 911, and the CPD and Newton County Sheriff’s Office issued a lookout for the Honda.

Soon, an NCSO deputy who was near the Access Road at Salem Road, saw the stolen car parked at a Citgo gas station at the intersection of Salem and Flat Shoals Road in Rockdale County. The deputy approached Spence and arrested him. The victim was transported to the Citgo station by Officer Myers, where he identified Spence as the man who stole his car, the incident report states.

Spence, 31, of 926 Burton St. in LaGrange, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated assault and transported back to the jail in Newton County.