Gunpoint robbery in Newton

A Newton couple’s late-night stroll was interrupted Wednesday night after two men robbed the lovers at gunpoint.

Police say Francisco Francisco Matzuy, 61, of Newton, was walking with his girlfriend near the intersection of Main Street and Herman Street in Newton at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two black male suspects approached the couple. One of the men had a silver revolver and pointed the gun at Matzuy.

The suspect with the gun told Matzuy to, “Give me your wallet. Give me all your money,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.

The suspect then reached into Matzuy’s back pocket and took the wallet from him. Brown said the action ripped the pocket of Matzuy’s pants.
The men fled the scene, and Brown said there are no suspects at this time.

The robbery occurred near the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in a mostly residential area, Brown said.

“It’s an area of predominantly single-family dwellings,” Brown said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.