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Robbery occurs in residential area
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A Newton County woman was robbed at gunpoint in a residential subdivision while on her way to church Friday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The 41-year-old woman was loading her car to deliver some items to her church when she noticed a vehicle stop in front of a nearby house and then leave, according to NCSO Investigator Sharon Stewart. The woman saw the vehicle again stopped at the entrance to the subdivision as she was leaving.

The woman said a black male, reportedly in his late teens or early 20s with short hair, came out of the vehicle and walked to her car, asking for directions.

As she started telling him how to get to his supposed destination, she said the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money. She gave him the cash she had in her purse.

The man then reached across and pulled out the keys from the ignition, accidentally dropping them in the door compartment. He reached in again to grab them from the door compartment, threw them away into a grassy area, got into his vehicle and left.

The woman continued to her church, where she called law enforcement.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (678) 625-1400 and can leave an anonymous tip at (678) 625-5007 or online at