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Arrest made in armed robbery of a man lured through Facebook

COVINGTON — An arrest has been made in the September armed robbery of a Conyers man who was lured to Newton County under the pretense of meeting a girl he had been chatting with through social media.

Alexis Sharie Howard, 18, of 40 Hoglen Drive in Covington, was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery in connection with the Sept. 17 incident.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the 23-year-old victim had been talking with a girl on Facebook when she invited him to meet her at her home.

“The victim arrived at the home at 10147 Waterford Road, which turned out to be a vacant house,” said Sgt. Cortney Morrison. “The female specifically advised him to wait in the driveway.”

When he got to the home, sometime between midnight and 1:30 a.m., four black males wearing black masks and camouflage jackets came from behind the house, pointing guns.

“The victim said he felt a gun at the back of his head,” Morrison said. “He saw another male with a shotgun and the others had a handgun.”

The robbers took miscellaneous items from the victim, including his cell phone, wallet, a ring and a watch, and told him to take off his pants, according to the incident report.

“The suspects told him not to move, but after they ran off, the victim made his way to the QuikTrip on (Ga.) Highway 142 wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts and asked a citizen in the parking lot to call 911,” Morrison said.

She said the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate this case, which remains open and active.