Thursday, December 20, 2012
Suspects sought in robbery attempts
By SUE WATSON
Two attempted armed robberies occurred in Holly Springs last week, according to chief William Hollowell.
Holly Springs police officers are seeking information that may help identify a suspect who attempted to rob a manager at Fred’s in the parking lot at closing time Thursday, Hollowell said.
The assistant manager from the Byhalia Fred’s was closing the Holly Springs store downtown and went to his vehicle in the west parking lot. He was approached by a black male wearing a blue zip-up hooded jacket, a blue bandanna over the face and blue jeans, the chief said.
The suspect, who appeared to be 6 feet in height and from 28 to 30 years old, demanded the manager turn over his watch, a phone or “anything else you’ve got,” Hollowell said.
The victim stated he gave the suspect a pocket calendar/planner and when the suspect looked down to take the item, the victim pushed the gun away from his head. The suspect was described as having a sharp nose, as opposed to flat.
A brief scuffle ensued and the suspect fled the scene.
In a second attempted armed robbery Saturday around 10 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., the clerk at Beck’s Bottles on Highway 178 East was approached at closing time outside the business by two black males.
One suspect demanded, “Give me my money,” the victim stated to police. The victim told the suspect, “I don’t have your money,” Hollowell said.
Then one of the suspects began shooting and the victim returned fire. The victim was shot in the hand and shoulder and was transported by ambulance to The Med. He was released Sunday, Dec. 16.
Nothing has been reported taken from the victim at press time, Hollowell said.
Anyone with information that could lead to the identification of suspects in these two incidents is asked to call the Holly Springs Police Department at 662-252-2122. Ask to speak with a detective or Chief Hollowell. Or callers may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 to leave tips. Callers may remain anonymous and information will be kept in strict confidence.
Weekly police report
Officers responded to 58 calls last week, Hollowell said.
The calls included – disturbances, 4; alarms, 10; larcenies, 2; assaults, 2; accidents, 3; assists to agencies, 1; domestics, 4; shots fired, 2; robberies, 2; checks on the elderly and disabled, 1; and 27 miscellaneous calls. The dog catcher responded to 8 calls.
Officers responded to or took the following reports.
Monday, Dec. 10
• simple assault in the 200 block of Randolph Street. Three arrests were made.
• embezzlement reported in the 600 block of Highway 7 South. One arrest was made.
• disturbance of the family in the 400 block of Hudsonville Road. An arrest was made.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
• simple assault in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Drive.
• suspicious behavior in the 400 block of Industrial Park Road.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
• refusal to stop for blue lights in the area of Van Dorn Avenue. An arrest was made.
• shoplifting in the 400 block of Craft Street.
Thursday, Dec. 13
• domestic disturbance of the family in the 200 block of Jarrott Street.
• domestic violence/simple assault and trespassing in the 600 block of Rosaland Drive. Charges were filed.
• petit larceny in the 200 block of MLK Drive. An arrest was made.
• residential burglary in the 300 block of North Butler Street.
• aggravated assault/domestic violence in the 700 block of Martin Luther King Drive. Charges were filed.
Friday, Dec. 14
• armed robbery in the 100 block of West Van Dorn.
• auto burglary in the 800 block of Highway 178 East.
Officers made one felony arrest.
Ashley Bell, 33, of the 2800 block of Slayden Road, was arrested and charged with nine counts of uttering forgery, Hollowell said.
Officers reported the following citations – no/expired tag, 2; no proof of liability insurance, 2; improper parking, 1; possession of marijuana, 2;
The following misdemeanor arrests were made – contempt of court, 3; disorderly conduct, 1; domestic violence/simple assault, 1; no proof of liability insurance/no/expired driver’s license, 1; simple assault, 3; and petit larceny, 1.
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