Meridian Star

September 26, 2013

Police make arrest in armed robbery

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Tuesday, Meridian Police Department detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a recent armed robbery and are investigating another incident in which a person claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint.

    MPD Asst. Chief James Sharpe said Wednesday detectives arrested 26-year-old Brandon J. Harris of Meridian and charged him with armed robbery. Sharpe said this incident occurred on Sept. 19 at 1:47 a.m. in the 1300 block of Hamilton Avenue.

    Harris's bond was set at $50,000 and he is currently being housed at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility awaiting further legal and/or bonding actions.     Sharpe said Tyesha Thedford, 21, who was charged with armed robbery Monday, was party to this incident. Thedford's bond was also set at $50,000 and she is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility awaiting further legal and/or bonding actions.

    Sharpe said Wednesday at 5:13 a.m., officers responded to the 4300 block of Highway 39 North in reference to an armed robbery. The victim, who was not injured, stated that he was robbed at gunpoint by a black male wearing a dark hoodie and a red bandana over his face. At this time the incident is being investigated, but no suspects are in custody.

    MPD authorities are still seeking the whereabouts of five individuals who on Saturday are said to have forced their way into a motel room and robbed several occupants at gunpoint. Sharpe said the incident occurred at about 9:49 p.m. in the 600 block of 22nd Avenue South. Sharpe said the suspects include three black men and two black women.

    Sharpe said shortly after the initial call a person of interest was taken into custody.