COVINGTON — Three 16-year-olds were arrested after they allegedly ran from sheriff’s deputies and fled into Social Circle. The juveniles, along with a 22-year-old who was also arrested, are believed to have burglarized a home in Newton County on Monday. Investigators believe other suspects may also be involved.
According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called Monday afternoon to the Country Walk subdivision where witnesses reported seeing two suspicious vehicles. When deputies arrived, one of the vehicles, a gold sedan, fled from the neighborhood while the driver of the other vehicle, a black Nissan pickup truck, left his vehicle and ran.
While one deputy chased that suspect into the woods, other deputies pursued the gold sedan as it drove at a high rate of speed toward Social Circle, said Deputy Felicia Jefferson.
“Deputies attempted to stop the car, but they ultimately lost contact as they made their way into Walton County,” Jefferson said,
Sometime later, officers with the Social Circle Police Department contacted the NCSO to report they located the suspect vehicle, which had been abandoned. Officers later located the three juveniles and turned them over to Newton County authorities, Jefferson said.
The other suspect, 22-year-old David Freeman of 1540 Alverado Way in Decatur, was also arrested.
Jefferson said that deputies learned that a burglary had reportedly occurred earlier that day at a home on Quail Valley Road, not far from Country Walk subdivision. Investigators had reason to believe the four suspects were connected with that burglary, Jefferson said.
The three 16-year-olds, who reportedly live in Lithonia and Stone Mountain, were charged with burglary and obstruction of law enforcement officers. One of the 16-year-olds was also charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officers.
Freeman was charged with obstruction of officers, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Jefferson said the case is under investigation and there may be additional suspects.