Thursday, October 29, 2009
Deputies arrest carjack suspects
By BARRY BURLESON
Three Corinth men are jailed in Marshall County on carjacking charges.
Arrested Thursday after an incident at Moore’s Grocery on Highway 72 were Bobby Durand Prather, 26, of 203 S. John St. in Corinth; Brandon Shane Harris, 27, of 806 N. John St. in Corinth; and Christopher Bernard Patterson, 18, of 402 Persimmon Dr. in Corinth, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Bond was set at $250,000 each by Judge Ernest Cunningham.
Dickerson said the three suspects drove into the parking lot of the business in a blue Suburban at about 4:30 p.m. October 22. He said the victim came out of the store, and one of the suspects exited the vehicle and made an attempt to approach the victim with a handgun. The victim ran, and the suspect who had exited the Suburban got into the victim’s car and left the scene.
Both the car and the Suburban headed east on Highway 72.
Dickerson said the two suspects in the Suburban – Harris and Patterson – were apprehended by deputies in the Early Grove area of Marshall County.
The other suspect, Prather, driving the car taken from the parking lot of the business, was arrested in Benton County at Highway 7 and Highway 72 by deputies from Marshall and Benton counties, the sheriff said.
Dickerson said the handgun was recovered.
He praised the quick teamwork of his deputies and those from Benton County in making the arrests.
In a separate incident, a Holly Springs man is charged with burglary of a commercial building.
Chad Lee Mathis, 31, of 120 Robinson Road in Holly Springs, was arrested Thursday by Marshall County authorities, Dickerson said.
The burglary charge stems from a break-in at Moore’s Grocery on Highway 72 that occurred at 3:53 a.m. October 22. Entrance was made when the window in the front door was broken. Several cases of beer were taken, and the suspect fled the scene in a gold Ford Taurus.
Dickerson said several hours later someone left the Pure station on Highway 311 without paying for $30 worth of gas. Authorities were given a description of the vehicle and video surveillance determined it was the same vehicle used in the early morning burglary at Moore’s Grocery.
Mathis, the suspect in the crime, was apprehended later on Valentine Road in Marshall County, he said.
He also faces a couple of petit larceny charges in connection with the gas driveoff on 311 and another incident, beer taken from the Texaco station in Red Banks, according to Dickerson.
The sheriff reported one other recent arrest. Calvin Robert Meyer, 30, of 130 Lamar Farms Road in Byhalia, was arrested Sunday at his residence and charged with the sexual battery of a minor child.
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