Man re­leased from jail Tues­day ar­rested on car theft charge

The Covington News - - CRIME - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

A LaGrange man, re­leased from the Newton County Jail Tues­day un­der a charge of theft by re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty from May 2013, re­port­edly stole a man’s car from a gas sta­tion the next day.

Of­fi­cials with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ap­pre­hended and ar­rested Jabri Twainyol Spence, 31, Wed­nes­day evening, af­ter he re­port­edly rode off in a man’s Honda.

A re­port from the po­lice depart­ment said of­fi­cers re­sponded to a Shell gas sta­tion on Al­covy Road, where a man said a black male, later iden­ti­fied as Spence, stole his 1994 red Honda Civic some­time around 7 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the man told of­fi­cers that he parked his car di­rectly in front of the gas sta­tion’s door and went in­side to buy a cou­ple of lot­tery tick­ets. The man’s car was re­port­edly left run­ning and un­locked while he made his trans­ac­tion.

“(He stated that) as he was wait­ing on his tick­ets that he saw his car re­vers­ing out of the park­ing space,” re­ported CPD of­fi­cer Gor­don My­ers. “(He) stated that he ran out­side to see an un­known male be­hind the wheel of his ve­hi­cle and he jumped on the hood of his ve­hi­cle try­ing to stop the male from leav­ing.”

The man re­port­edly held on to the hood of the car as it was re­vers­ing. He was sub­se­quently thrown off the hood, which in turn ripped the driver’s side mir­ror off and caused his pants to be ripped and his left knee to be scraped, bruised and swollen.

Spence re­port­edly sped away from the Shell park­ing lot and got on In­ter­state 20 head­ing west. The vic­tim said he did not get a good look at Spence, as the events hap­pened so quickly, but he de­scribed him as be­ing black, in his 20s or 30s, and pos­si­bly wear­ing a red shirt with no hood.

Deputies with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were alerted to be on the look­out for the ve­hi­cle.

The re­port said NCSO deputy Michael Cun­ning­ham no­ticed the ve­hi­cle as he was com­ing off the ac­cess road in Rock­dale County at Salem Road.

Deputy Cun­ning­ham no­ti­fied CPD of­fi­cers that the ve­hi­cle was parked at the Citgo gas sta­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of Salem and Flat Shoals roads.

When Cun­ning­ham ran the tag through dis­patch, it was con­firmed to be the ve­hi­cle stolen. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the NCSO deputy ar­rested Spence with­out in­ci­dent around 7:30 p.m.

CPD of­fi­cers re­viewed the sur­veil­lance video of the theft with the vic­tim at the Shell sta­tion, and then met with Deputy Cun­ning­ham at the Citgo in Rock­dale County to pos­i­tively iden­tify the sus­pect.

Spence was trans­ferred to the cus­tody of Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cers and taken to the Newton County Jail. The vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle was re­turned to him on scene.

Spence was charged with felony theft-by-tak­ing and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

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