Thursday, August 18, 2005

• Sheriff’s report
Deputy injured when suspect resists arrest

Staff Writer

Marshall County deputies are investigating an attempted bank robbery, plus they made several simple and felony arrests last week, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

A county deputy is back at work following surgery for lacerations he received during a response to a distress call August 11 in Mt. Pleasant.

Dickerson said Craig W. Clark, 46, of 192 Clark Cove in Mt. Pleasant, was arrested and charged with two counts of simple assault upon a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and failure to appear in local court after receiving a citation.

Clark is in custody on $25,000 bond.

Dickerson said officers received a call from Clark’s parents alleging that he was making threats upon them.

“When officers arrived at the scene Clark was observed on the premises behaving in a violent and erratic manner stating that he was not going to jail,” Dickerson said. “Clark aggressively resisted the efforts of officers to take him into custody.

“As a result of the struggle that ensued with officers, one deputy received several lacerations to his wrist and hand area.”

Dickerson said the deputy fell during the struggle and his wrist struck a short metal pipe with a jagged edge that was protruding from the ground.

Deputies rushed the injured officer to the Collierville hospital for treatment due to loss of a large amount of blood, Dickerson said. The injured officer underwent surgery August 12 and has returned to limited duty at the jail.

In an attempted robbery of the Victoria branch of Citizens Bank on August 10, masked men tried to enter the front door but were thwarted by bank officials who saw them on surveillance cameras, Dickerson said.

Two males wearing sacks over their heads got out of an older model four-door station wagon of foreign make and approached the front door of the bank, Dickerson said.

“Employees hit the automatic door locks,” Dickerson said.

The men left the bank parking lot and drove west on Highway 178. Law officers with the Marshall and DeSoto county sheriff’s departments, the Byhalia police and Southaven police departments are looking for the suspects, Dickerson said.

The suspects appeared to be males with somewhat dark complexion wearing cutoff blue jeans, maroon shirts and cloth sacks over their head, he said.

A man from Arkansas was extradited to Marshall County on multiple counts of sexual battery charges against young children, according to investigator Kelly McMillen with the sheriff’s department.

He said Charles Aubrey Wagoner, 68, of Wagoner, Ark., was arrested in Arkansas and extradited back to Mississippi to face sexual battery charges.

“During the investigation the evidence collected strongly indicated Wagoner had molested and fondled young children,” McMillen said. “Wagoner is also facing charges of a similar nature in Tennessee and Arkansas.”

McMillen said law officers in the three states are conducting investigations in the cases. The number of counts of sexual battery Wagoner will be charged with has not yet been determined, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies served an arrest warrant in Abbeville stemming from two aggravated assault incidents that took place in Marshall County July 29, Dickerson said.

James Washington Moody, 30, of Hickory Flat, was arrested on one count aggravated assault and one count domestic assault in Abbeville after investigators found his location through the National Crime Information Center, Dickerson said.

The victim of domestic aggravated assault was released in the Temperance Hill community, Dickerson said. She sought help at a nearby house, was taken to the hospital for treatment and was released.

The second victim, a male, was assaulted within 20 to 30 minutes later in the parking lot of McDonald’s in Holly Springs, he said. That victim remains in critical care at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, according to Dickerson.

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