Thursday, June 5, 2008
Authorities arrest carjacking suspect
By SUE WATSON
Officers responding to a carjacking in Grand Junction, Tenn., were dispatched to an area near the state line Monday night, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Law officials in Grand Junction advised the driver of the vehicle could be headed into Mississippi, he said.
“Officers made contact with the suspect at State Line Chevron and Highway 72,” Dickerson said.
The suspect, Dewayne Cortez Waters, 24, of 2781 Lola, Memphis, Tenn., was taken into custody and will be extradited back to Grand Junction to face charges there, he said.
Dickerson said the suspect took the car at gunpoint from the victim.
In a separate incident Sunday night, officers were dispatched to an incident at 2144 Wall Hill Road, Dickerson said.
Deputy Melvin Gordon found the suspect had left the scene and patrolled the area, locating the suspect at Chulahoma Store located on Highway 4 West, according to the sheriff.
“Two suspects alleged the store owner had a grievance against them, but the officer ran a warrant check and it returned positive for both suspects,” Dickerson said.
Antonio Gregory, 35, of the Matthews Corner area, was arrested and charged with shoplifting and disturbing the peace. Gregory was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest of Matthew O’Brian Newsom, 22, of 1499 Swift Road, Memphis, Tenn.
Newsom was arrested and charged with armed robbery of Ree Ree’s Country Store on Wall Hill Road at the Tate/Marshall county line.
Newsom is alleged to have taken $1,500 from the cashier after brandishing a small caliber handgun which the suspect is believed to have fired once inside the store at the time of the robbery, Dickerson said.
No cash was recovered when Newsom was arrested and investigators are seeking a second suspect in the armed robbery, he said.
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