Thursday, October 15, 2009
Four charged with robbery
By SUE WATSON
Four suspects are in custody, charged with armed robbery that took place in the Fisher Cove area of Byhalia Saturday morning, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The victims were awakened at about 5 a.m. October 10 when suspects allegedly kicked in the door of their mobile home, held the victims at gunpoint, threatened them and robbed them at gunpoint and took household items and cash, he said.
Two deputies responded to a 911 call after the suspects had left, with the victims providing a description of the vehicle driven by the suspects, a black Honda Accord. Property taken from inside the residence along with cash and the alleged hold-up weapons - a sawed off shotgun and two handguns - were recovered from the vehicle at the time of the arrest of the suspects, Dickerson said.
The four male suspects are in custody in the Marshall County Jail on $500,000 bond each following arraignment Monday.
Charged with armed robbery are Willie Lee Austin, 17, of 4600 Lapaloma, Olive Branch; Robert Dewrane Holpe, 29, of 71 Christopher Circle, Byhalia; Benjamin A. Austin, 25, of 10460 Lafayette Street, Olive Branch; and Natorri Pegues, 26, of 1207 Williams Road, Byhalia.
Dickerson and Major Kelly McMillan commended “the great police work” of officers Rick Preciado and Captain James Wright, who made the arrests after locating the suspects, car and stolen items in Byhalia.
In a separate incident on October 6, two suspects were arrested in Millington, Tenn., and extradited back to Marshall County after the suspects allegedly took a tractor from Mid-South Ag Equipment in the early morning before opening time.
Dickerson said the Millington Police Department responded to a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) issued by Marshall County, saying officers had located a stolen tractor in Millington on a business lot.
“During the investigation of the stolen tractor and surveillance of the tractor, two suspects returned with a truck and trailer to get the tractor and were arrested by Millington police,” Dickerson said. “The suspects were extradited back to Marshall County and charged with grand larceny and later released on $10,000 bond.”
Charged with the tractor theft are William Perry Melton, 23, of 5682 Center Hill Road, Olive Branch, and William Authur Melton, 41, of 1755 Baptist Road, Nesbit.
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