Armed rob­bery sus­pects sought

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice are search­ing for an un­known man who re­port­edly robbed an­other man at gun­point Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The vic­tim was stopped at the in­ter­sec­tion of Green­way Drive and Lan­tana Way when a man wear­ing a mask from a pop­u­lar movie (but painted gold) re­port­edly ap­proached his car and pointed a pis­tol at the vic­tim, re­port­edly say­ing “empty your pock­ets,” and cham­ber­ing a round, ac­cord­ing to NCSO Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Cort­ney Mor­ri­son.

The vic­tim gave the rob­ber his cell phone — the only thing in his pock­ets at the time — and the masked ban­dit ran off. The vic­tim went to a friend’s house and had some­one call 911 for him. There were no other wit­nesses to the rob­bery.

Test drive takes bad turn

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice have war­rants out for the ar­rest of 50-year-old Jacque Bias, who re­port­edly pointed a pis­tol at an auto shop em­ployee while test-driv­ing his ve­hi­cle af­ter re­pairs.

Bias al­legedly dropped his car off at Mr. Trans­mis­sion, lo­cated on U.S. High­way 278, a few weeks ago to get it fixed. He was con­tacted Mon­day af­ter­noon to come and pick up his car.

Ac­cord­ing to NCSO Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Cort­ney Mor­ri­son, when Bias ar­rived, he said he wanted to test drive his ve­hi­cle be­fore pay­ing for it. The owner re­port­edly told him that he could test drive his ve­hi­cle, but he had to take a Mr. Trans­mis­sion em­ployee with him, and Bias agreed.

When Bias and the em­ployee got on In­ter­state 20, Bias

re­port­edly pulled the car over, pulled a hand­gun on the em­ployee and said, “Get out or I’ll shoot you.” The em­ployee ex­ited the car, and Bias took off. War­rants have been taken out against Bias for armed rob­bery and theft of ser­vices.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion in ei­ther armed rob­bery case is asked to con­tact the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or on­line at www.new­ton­sh­er­if­fga.org. All tips can be given anony­mously.

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