Thursday, June 12, 2014
Robbery, burglary under investigation
By SUE WATSON
The armed robbery of man called to fix an air conditioner at an inn on Highway 72 is under investigation, according to Maj. Kelly McMillen with the sheriff’s department.
Someone at the American Inn on Highway 72 called for an air-conditioning technician, he said. The robbery took place Saturday about 3 p.m. when the victim went to a room at the inn to answer the service call.
Investigator Jason Mills said the victim was greeted by a black female and when he entered the room, he was struck in the head with a pistol and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspects fled the scene and the victim drove across the street to Moore’s Grocery where he called 911, Mills said. The two suspects were not employees of the inn, he said.
In a separate incident, Mills said investigators were dispatched to the scene of a robbery at a residence in the 800 block of Early Grove Road Friday.
The homeowner was returning home and saw a tan-colored Chevrolet in his driveway. The driver of the Chevrolet left and the homeowner pursued the vehicle and called 911 because he thought his home was being burglarized, Mills said.
The homeowner lost sight of the Chevrolet but a short time later the vehicle returned to the area driving slowly toward the residence on Early Grove Road. The homeowner pursued the Chevrolet again into the Frazier Lane area of Fayette County, Tenn., where the driver ditched the car and fled on foot into the woods, Mills said.
The driver of the Chevrolet was apprehended by Marshall County and Fayette County sheriff’s deputies.
Jarvis Jones, 19, of the Hurdle Club Road area in Marshall County, was taken into custody and returned to the Marshall County jail where he was charged with burglary, Mills said. The Chevrolet was seized and impounded for processing.
Three other accomplices involved in the burglary of the Early Grove Road home were apprehended during a search of the woods near the residence.
Suspects Ladarrius Jones, 19, of the Olive Branch area, Donnie Lewis Richmond, 20, of the Ashland area, and Darius Luellen, 18, of the Lamar area, were apprehended by Marshall and Fayette county deputies and charged with burglary, Mills said.
Items taken included televisions and video games, he said. Suspects were being held in jail Tuesday awaiting a bond hearing.
Mills thanked deputies with Fayette County for their assistance in making the arrests. Mills said the pursuit on foot took place during the rain and suspects were rounded up in the woods about a mile from the residence that was burglarized.
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