Meridian Star

May 15, 2014

Community helped nab burglary suspects

By Brandon Ward / bward@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Charges were filed Wednesday afternoon against five suspects taken into custody after Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a burglary in progress on Masonic Lodge Road in Collinsville about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Jarado Rashad Allen, 19, Ceasor Jerome Brooks, 20, Rodriquez Sanchez Pollard, 23, Arron L. Cole, 19, and Paris Kervon Davis, 20, were pursued by deputies after a nearby resident called 911 and alerted authorities.

    "We saw the community come together last night and aid law enforcement," Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said.

    A woman who witnessed the burglary taking place followed the vehicle the burglary suspects got into and gave deputies the tag number and direction of travel.

    A deputy who responded to the call stopped the car containing the suspects and one got out and ran into the woods with a duffle bag. The suspect on foot was caught by the deputy.

    Meanwhile, the driver of the car containing the remaining four suspects drove off and was pursued by another deputy.

    The chase started towards the north end of Okatibbee Lake, across Highway 19, to near the Highway 494 intersection where the car slowed down and two of the remaining suspects jumped from the car.

    The driver and the other occupant exited the car 100 yards further down the road. When the deputy in pursuit got out of his patrol car and chased one of the running suspects on foot, the other suspect stole his patrol car and drove off. The suspect in the patrol car was stopped by deputies and arrested at gunpoint.

    The patrol car was recovered.

    About an hour and a half after the second suspect was taken into custody, authorities received a call from a citizen who had a third suspect held at gunpoint in the resident's front yard. A search was launched to find the final two remaining suspects.

    Both of the remaining suspects were taken into custody while riding bicycles toward Meridian. All five suspects were placed in custody at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility.

    Calhoun said that one of the five suspects has a prior felony arrest and is not eligible for bond. As of early Wednesday evening, the other four suspects had not yet made bond.

    Calhoun credited members for their help.

    "When you stop and look at the numbers we only caught two, the community caught three," Calhoun said of the suspects' arrest.

     When asked how important it is for the community to be alert in looking for suspicious behavior, Calhoun said, "There are 50 sworn in deputies out of 80,000 people in Lauderdale County. Without the community working together with law enforcement we would have utter chaos. We need the community to be our eyes and ears."

    Despite the multiple chases no one was injured. The stolen patrol car suffered roughly $2,000 worth of damage that will be added to the charges.