Ar­rest made in string of rob­beries of es­corts

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment has made an ar­rest in a string of strong-arm rob­beries in which a man po­lice de­scribed as a “preda­tor” al­legedly robbed and attacked sev­eral fe­male es­corts.

Po­lice ar­rested James Scott, 26, of Cov­ing­ton early Wed­nes­day morn­ing shortly af­ter Scott re­port­edly attacked a woman and then al­legedly con­fessed to four rob­beries that took place over four months.

CPD Capt. Ken Mal­com said Scott would con­tact vic­tims on the In­ter­net via the web­site Back­g­, un­der the “es­corts” list­ing, and ar­range meet­ings in Cov­ing­ton. Mal­com said once Scott met his vic­tims he would rob them — steal­ing their purses, cash and cell­phones -- and then run away.

“He’d ar­range for a meet­ing. He would tell them to call him once they reached Cov­ing­ton and that he’d give them a bet­ter lo­ca­tion,” Mal­com said. “He would greet the per­son as they would pull up, and he would say to them some­thing along the lines of, ‘Hey, my par­ents live up­stairs here; I live down­stairs. We need to go around to the back to the base­ment area where I live.’ Once he got the (vic­tims) back there, that’s when he would com- mit a strong-arm rob­bery.”

Mal­com said Scott al­legedly would meet vic­tims at one of sev­eral Cov­ing­ton ad­dresses on Louise Street, Old Mon­ti­cello Street, Wood­land Av­enue and Prim­rose Cove.

Mal­com said the po­lice depart­ment has been work­ing on the case for about four months, but he said some cases have gone un­re­ported due to the vic­tims’ pro­fes­sion. There were no re­ports of

in­juries dur­ing the rob­beries.

“The first few times this hap­pened, the only thing that we would get would be a 911 call from some­one liv­ing in the neigh­bor­hood, say­ing that they heard maybe a woman scream, they saw some­body run across the yard ... dif­fer­ent com­plaints like that,” Mal­com said.

“Once we checked the area, we couldn’t find a vic­tim or an of­fender. So we had th­ese calls a few times be­fore we were fi­nally able to make con­tact with some of the vic­tims. So again we had to lo­cate the vic­tims. We would pull them over leav­ing the area and get in­for­ma­tion of what had taken place.”

Mal­com said Wed­nes­day morn­ing around 4:30 a.m., dis­patch re­ceived a sim­i­lar call about a prowler.

“We felt like this was go­ing to be the of­fender again that had done th­ese rob­beries. When we get to the area, one of our of­fi­cers lo­cates the vic­tim and Scott be­hind a house,” Mal­com said. “We were able to make con­tact with him shortly ... at a res­i­dence.”

Ac­cord­ing to an in­ci­dent re­port from the CPD, of­fi­cers re­sponded to a home on Louise Street, where a man told po­lice he saw a black male, later iden­ti­fied as Scott, walk past his house down Louise Street and then be­hind a house on Martha Court.

Of­fi­cers walked through the back yard and came to a large open area, where a dog was heard bark­ing through the field. Af­ter a search of the area with flash­lights, of­fi­cers found Scott stand­ing over a fe­male be­hind a house on Prim­rose Cove.

Scott re­port­edly pushed the fe­male and then ran around the cor­ner of the house, lead­ing of­fi­cers on a foot-chase. How­ever, he was ar­rested shortly there­after at his res­i­dence on Wood­land Av­enue.

The woman, who re­port­edly was found hiding in the bushes on Prim­rose Cove, was taken to the po­lice depart­ment, where she told po­lice Scott had robbed her.

She told po­lice that she met Scott a few days be­fore at a gas sta­tion in DeKalb County and said that she drove to Cov­ing­ton to “hang out,” the re­port said.

The woman re­port­edly said she got out of the car and walked up to Scott, who then grabbed her by the face and told her to shut up and not say a word.

The re­port said Scott then pushed the woman be­hind the house, forced her to per­form sex­ual acts, and then spit in her face, just as po­lice of­fi­cers were shin­ing flash­lights on them.

Po­lice showed the woman a photo lineup, and she iden­ti­fied Scott as the man who robbed her, the re­port stated.

Mal­com said af­ter of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed Scott at the po­lice sta­tion, he al­legedly ad­mit­ted to four of the rob­beries that po­lice had re­ports for and also al­legedly in­di­cated that he had com­mit­ted mul­ti­ple other rob­beries.

Mal­com said there are sev­eral vic­tims who have not come for­ward.

He said any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion about the case or any sim­i­lar in­ci­dents should con­tact De­tec­tive Brent Fuest­ing at the po­lice depart­ment at 770- 7867605 or by email at brent. fuest­ing@ cov­ing­ton­po­lice. com.


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