CPD nabs armed rob­ber

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Af­ter an al­leged armed rob­bery of a Marathon Gas Sta­tion on Hwy. 278 in New­ton County, the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment quickly re­sponded to a “be on the look­out” (BOLO) and ar­rested the sus­pect Mon­day.

NCSO sergeant Cort­ney Mor­ri­son said dis­patch re­ceived a call on a pos­si­ble rob­bery around 9 a.m. The wit­ness told au­thor­i­ties that a black male wear­ing all black with a black ban­dana over his face was fee­ing the con­ve­nience store at 12805 Hwy. 278 in a dark green, pos­si­bly black Honda Ac­cord.

Ac­cord­ing to Mor­ri­son, the male came into the store “bran­dish­ing a hand­gun and

de­manded cash.” Once the clerk handed the man the cash, he took off run­ning and was seen get­ting into the Honda, Mor­ri­son said.

The BOLO then went out and, Mor­ri­son said, be­fore NCSO deputies could get to the scene, Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cers saw a ve­hi­cle match­ing the de­scrip­tion of dark green/black Hon- da Ac­cord at a traf­fic light in the west­bound lane of Hwy. 278.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the ve­hi­cle also matched a de­scrip­tion of hav­ing a white piece of pa­per par­tially cov­er­ing the tag, with a black male driver, dressed in black.

The Honda Ac­cord was pulled over in the park­ing lot of 3165 Elm Street, and Cortez Dal­las, 22 of Jeri­cho Drive in Cov­ing­ton was asked to step out of the ve­hi­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, CPD of­fi­cers asked Dal­las if he had a weapon on him, to which he replied “no.” Dal­las was then asked by an of­fi­cer if he had weapons in the ve­hi­cle, to which Dal­las re­port­edly re­sponded “yes, in the glove box.”

The weapon was con­fis­cated by CPD, along with an large, undis­closed amount of cash from the driver’s pock­ets.

Dal­las was ar­rested and charged with armed rob­bery.

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