Thursday, January 7, 2010
Suspects held in robbery/assault
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested and charged two people with aggravated assault and armed robbery in connection with the December 30, 2009, robbery of a Cayce Road resident, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said the incident took place around 11 p.m. on a dark, rainy night and shortly after the victim had returned home to his residence at 550 Cayce Road.
The suspects are alleged to have waited for their victim to return home a short distance from the man’s doorway. The victim’s dogs were disturbed by the presence of the suspects. The victim walked back out his doorway to investigate when the two suspects, allegedly lying in wait, attacked the victim in what Dickerson described as a “brutal assault and robbery at gunpoint.”
One suspect wielded a billy club-type stick and the other a shotgun that had the stock removed, and one of the two shined a light into the eyes of the victim, Dickerson said.
One suspect announced they were Marshall County law enforcement officers and the victim was directed to put his hands up, according to a report from the victim, Dickerson said.
“During the course of the brutal assault, one of the suspects took a large amount of cash from the pocket of the victim,” Dickerson said. “After severely beating and robbing the victim, the suspects left on foot.”
Officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department, K-9 units from both departments and a large number of volunteers began tracking the suspects in an all-night and nearly all-day New Year’s Eve investigation which was hampered by rainfall during the night, Dickerson said.
A description of a suspect’s vehicle and the possible identity of one of the suspects were leads developed overnight. On the night following the assault, the flashlight believed to have been used was recovered during a ground search. Later in the day on New Year’s, two suspects were arrested, and a 2004 white Chevrolet Malibu, the billy club and a 20-gauge Winchester shotgun were recovered.
Jacky Justin South, 22, of 93 Cedar Woods, Byhalia, and Benjamin A. Stone, 16, of 3337 Highway 309 South, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and impersonating a law officer, Dickerson said.
South made an initial appearance before Judge Ernest Cunningham who set the suspect’s bail at $2 million.
Stone was expected to make an initial appearance Tuesday in justice court.
Dickerson said Stone is being charged as an adult in the case under Section 43-21-151 of the Mississippi Code.
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