Thursday, February 20, 2014
Suspect in robberies arrested
By SUE WATSON
A third suspect has been arrested on charges of two armed robberies in Marshall County, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Andrew R. Wilcox, 25, who gave authorities an address in the 100 block of Southwest Depot Street, Durant, was picked up by officers with the U.S. Marshals Service at a residence in Forest, he said.
Wilcox is charged with two counts of armed robbery – one January 23 at JoJo’s Truck Stop in Red Banks and the other January 18 at Victor’s Pizza in Holly Springs.
Two other suspects have been charged in connection with these robberies and one suspect remains at large, the sheriff said.
Dickerson expressed appreciation for the work done by U.S. Marshals in locating and arresting Wilcox.
Shooting suspect arrested
In a separate incident, last Friday at about 1:30 a.m., a suspect was spotted in Holly Springs after leaving the scene of a shooting incident in Hickory Flat.
William Carl Sappington, 45, of the 200 block of Maple Circle, Hickory Flat, allegedly shot a relative in the neck or head area and fled from Benton County to Marshall County, Dickerson said.
An older model, green Chevrolet pickup he was presumed to have been driving was abandoned at the Hill Crest Cemetery gate in Holly Springs. Units with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Holly Springs Police Department and a K-9 unit from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department assisted in a search for Sappington, who was believed to have fled on foot and was spotted behind the Primary School.
Units established a perimeter and surrounded the area in which Sappington was seen, the sheriff said. The pursuit continued from shortly after 2 a.m. until about 7 a.m. when the suspect was apprehended by the K-9 officer and other officers.
Sappington will be charged with aggravated assault and felony fleeing in Benton County, Dickerson said. He was returned to Benton County to face charges there. Charges could be upgraded to murder if the victim dies, he said. Dickerson said the victim was airlifted to the Memphis Med by medic units.
Grand jury indictments
Twenty-two people were served warrants February 6 during a roundup of suspects on drug-related and other charges, the sheriff said.
Charges included sale of controlled substances, prescription medications and of illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. Several suspects were charged with forgery of prescriptions.
Ten suspects were from the Byhalia address area, six from Holly Springs, two from Red Banks, two from Waterford, one from Potts Camp and one from the Lake Center address area.
The cases will be added to the Marshall County Circuit Court docket and suspects will obtain an attorney to answer to the charges or a trial date will be set, the sheriff said. In cases where suspects cannot afford an attorney, the judge will assign a public defender.
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