COVINGTON — A Covington man who thought he had arranged a simple sale of tennis shoes via social media found himself handing over cash and the shoes to man wielding a gun.
The victim called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night to report he had been robbed at gunpoint of about $50 and a pair of Air Jordan tennis shoes.
The victim said he and another man met the suspect around 9 p.m. on Gross Lake Parkway after coordinating the sale over Instagram.
“When they met up, the suspect said he had a gun and then he brandished a black handgun, ” said NCSO Sgt, Cortney Morrison.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the three men knew each other, so the witness tried to talk to the 19-year-old suspect. Morrison reported that the suspect responded by saying, “I have a gun. You don’t want this.”
He then took the cash and the tennis shoes and ran away.
The two victims said the suspect never pointed the gun at them, but they were afraid for their safety.