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Suspect arrested after gas station robbery
No injuries reported and Shell Food Mart on bypass remains open
Shell Food Mart
Newton County sheriff's deputies respond to a call at the Shell Food Mart on Covington Bypass Road on Monday afternoon, March 26, 2018. - photo by David Clemons
David Clemons and Darryl Welch | Covington News

Editor’s note: This story has been updated at 9 p.m. with the identification of the suspect.

COVINGTON, Ga. — A 17-year-old was charged with robbing a Newton County gas station at knifepoint Monday.

Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Gregg said Tyrese Brumfield has been changed with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of armed robbery.

Newton County sheriff’s deputies received a page at 12:47 p.m. after a knife-wielding male suspect entered the Shell Food Mart at 10724 Covington Bypass Road, Covington, and demanded money.

Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Cunningham said the store clerk called 911 and set the phone down on a counter. The clerk then gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money and fled the store.

The suspect was apprehended at the back door to the store.

No one was hurt.

Customers and employees of a nearby Waffle House and other businesses strained to see what was happening as deputies swarmed the scene. Some deputies scoured a wooded area behind the gas station and an adjacent hair-braiding business.

The gas station is at the northeast corner of the intersection of Covington Bypass Road and Jackson Highway.