Thursday, May 27, 2010
Three with guns rob bank
By SUE WATSON
The Slayden Branch of the Bank of Holly Springs was held up by armed robbers at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Three black male suspects wearing bandannas or black masks and flashing big handguns came into the bank and demanded cash from tellers, he said.
Two of the three suspects jumped atop the tellers’ desks and got behind the cash drawers to take a significant amount of money, the sheriff said. A third suspect remained in the lobby, pointing a gun and admonishing tellers to do as instructed if they didn’t want to be harmed, Dickerson said.
All three suspects had dark-colored handguns and are believed to be in their early 20s, he said.
After taking the cash, the three suspects fled on foot to a small red car parked to the rear of a store on the north side of the bank.
While local law enforcement was dispatched to the scene, other sheriff’s office personnel got in touch with state and surrounding law enforcement agencies in an effort to surveil the area. Helping with the investigation were agents with the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and uniformed patrol officers as well as FBI agents. The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department dispatched a helicopter to the area.
Sheriff Dickerson urged anyone who has information that may be of help in identifying suspects or the get-away vehicle to call the sheriff’s office at 662-252-1311 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169. All information provided will be kept in strict confidence, he said. A small reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects has been offered.
A dark-colored mask believed to have been worn by one of the suspects was found alongside North Slayden Road at a private driveway entrance and was retained for forensic analysis, Dickerson said.
He commended bank tellers on their behavior under stress.
“Their behavior is commendable in my opinion,” he said. “They acted as any employee should act who is being held at gunpoint, following suspects’ instructions with those weapons pointed at them.”
A photo of what is believed to have been the get-away vehicle - a burnt orange late model Toyota Corolla or Nissan was captured on a store camera north of the bank.
In a separate incident Wednesday of last week, a woman’s home was invaded and she was raped late in the night, Dickerson said. The victim lived in a mobile home outside the city limits of Holly Springs. The perpetrator pried off the rear door of her mobile home and after entering, physically and sexually assaulted the victim, Dickerson said.
Following the rape, the suspect took a television from the victim’s home. Investigators with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol worked this incident Wednesday night and the rest of the week.
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