Meridian Star

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July 7, 2013

MPD investigating robbery, make arrests in other incidents

MERIDIAN —     Detectives with the Meridian Police Department are searching for two men who are said to have robbed at gunpoint a local convenience store.

    MPD Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, says at about 5:20 p.m. Friday two black men armed with semiautomatic weapons entered the 19th Street Food Mart located at 1621 19th Street and demanded cash from the clerk. After getting an undetermined amount of money from the cash register the two men fled on foot. No direction of travel was given.

    Harper says the two men were said to have been wearing ball caps with one wearing a white shirt and the other a black shirt. The two suspects were said to have been of average height and weight ranging in age from 17 to 30.

    Harper says the clerk was not injured during the incident.

    In an unrelated incident. in the early hours of July 5, Meridian Police Department officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle near Fifth Street. Instead, the driver of the vehicle fled from the police and a vehicle pursuit ensued that ended near 27th Avenue and 22nd Street after the vehicle crashed. A short foot pursuit ensued and the driver was apprehended within minutes. Meridian Police Department authorities have now charged 24-year-old Xavreon D. Moore of Toomsuba with felony eluding. His bond was set at $50,000.

    On July 3, Harper says Meridian Police Department officers arrested 22-year-old Geno L. Jones of Meridian and charged him with two counts of felony domestic violence. Jones' bond was set at $25,000 per charge. These charges were "upgrades" meaning he had at least two prior misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

    Also on July 3, Meridian Police Department officers arrested 29-year-old Toby A. Surrena of Natchez on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Adams County. Surrena was not eligible for a bond on the charge which was originally for grand larceny.

    Harper says MPD authorities have information in connection to a strong armed robbery that occurred July 1 in the 4600 block of Eighth Street. He says detectives are now releasing a photo of a person of interest in relation to that robbery. If you know this person's name, please call CrimeStoppers at 601-485-1860 or the Meridian Police Department at 601-485-1893.

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