Meridian Star

July 9, 2013

Two arrested in connection with armed robbery

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Two Meridian men have been charged in the Sunday morning armed robbery and shooting at a local convenience store.

    Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the Meridian Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, said the two men, Montrell Watts, 17, and Dontae Horne, 16, have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Harper said each of the suspects has been placed on $100,000 bond, $50,000 for each charge. Watts has been charged with an additional offense of motor vehicle theft stemming from an incident that occurred earlier in the morning. Bond for that charge was set at $10,000.

    Harper said both of the teens have been charged as adults because they were already certified as adults by the court system for earlier criminal matters.

    The arrests come in connection with the early morning incident in which Watts and Horne allegedly entered the Cefco convenience store on 45th Avenue Sunday morning and robbed the clerk of an unspecified amount of cash. While leaving a round was fired. The clerk was not injured.

    Patrol officers with the department's Bravo Platoon were able to apprehend the two suspects about an hour later after a foot chase.

    In an unrelated case, about 10:45 a.m. Monday, MPD officers responded to an armed robbery report at the Paradise FoodMart at 125 23rd Street. Upon arrival they were advised a lone black male entered the business and robbed the clerk at gunpoint before fleeing on foot.         

    Only a general description of the suspect is available at this time. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    Meridian Police Department officers are also still working a July 5 incident where they were advised a man was robbed by force in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Second Avenue.

    The man stated he was hit in the head and robbed of his wallet by two black men but he was unable to provide a description of the two. The victim suffered minor injuries.