Thursday, December 19, 2013
Suspects arrested in armed robbery
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs and Marshall County law officers have made three arrests in connection with an armed robbery of a laundromat on Martin Luther King Drive in the city Tuesday, Dec. 10, according to chief William Hollowell.
He said officer Julie Humble responded to a call from the laundromat about 10:25 a.m., after the robbery of the owner at gunpoint. The owner gave Humble a description of two black male subjects, who were wearing dark-colored pants and black or navy blue hoodies.
The subjects approached the owner and his wife in the parking lot, hit him on the forehead with the butt of a handgun, grabbed him by the shirt collar and shoved him into the back door of his truck.
One suspect demanded the cloth bag containing coins just taken from the machines. The subjects fled on foot, Hollowell said.
While the owner provided details of the attack and descriptions of the subjects, officers went to Spring Garden Apartments to seek any information that might match the description of the subjects.
Officer Ollie Ingram arrested Ladrell Cortez Wright, 19, of the 600 block of Martin Luther King Drive, the day of the crime, Hollowell said, and he was charged with armed robbery.
Mark Anthony Wright, 28, of the 100 block of West Woodward Avenue, was arrested December 13 and charged with tampering with evidence and with accessory after the fact, after investigators found surveillance video showing him outside the apartments with a handgun, Hollowell said. Detective Bobby West, Lt. Dwight Harris and Capt. Darryl Bowens made the arrest at an apartment at Spring Gardens.
A third subject, Aaron Ashley, 21, of the 400 block of Brigance Lane, was arrested by West and deputies with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on December 18. He was charged with armed robbery, according to Hollowell.
Investigators found the bag of coins hidden near the woods behind apartments at Spring Gardens, Hollowell said.
The weapon believed to have been used in the armed robbery was recovered when Mark Wright was arrested, the chief said.
Ladrell Cortez Wright remains in jail under $1 million bond. Hollowell said he was previously out on bond after having been charged in the armed robbery of Family Dollar and Money Matters in Holly Springs. The previous bonds were revoked, the chief said.
Mark Wright and Aaron Ashley remained in jail Monday with bond not set, according to Hollowell.
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