An unlucky man was robbed at gunpoint while at work Thursday morning, but thanks to some quick police work, the suspect was in custody later that afternoon.
"This was really good work from everyone involved," said Covington Police Lt. Paul Daily. "It's a product of cooperation between the patrol officers, the investigators and deputies. Sgt. Arvo Bowen in particular did a tremendous job with this incident, quickly bringing this to a close."
The victim was robbed shortly after arriving at work at Ozburn Electric on Hazelbrand Road. The man reportedly had to return to his truck to retrieve a forgotten item when he was approached by Xavier Belcher, 26, of Oxford.
Belcher reportedly chatted with the man asking him what the time was and if his company was hiring. After the brief conversation, Belcher reportedly pulled a gun on the victim and demanded his wallet and cell phone.
The victim told the assailant his cell phone was inside the store. Belcher forced him back into the store to retrieve the phone before locking the victim outside and stealing the man's truck.
The victim ran down the street to G.L. Baily Plumbing and called 911. CPD officers responded within minutes and were able to spread the description of the truck.
A few hours later, a Newton County Sheriff's deputy located the truck and the suspect in the Jamestown community. Both deputies and officers cornered Belcher, who reportedly briefly fought with one of the deputies before being taken into custody. The deputy was only slightly injured, said NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson.
Belcher was charged with armed robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of an officer, felony obstruction of an officer, trespassing and theft by receiving.