Meridian Star

October 7, 2012

Police respond to shooting, armed robbery and attempted kidnapping

By Michael Stewart /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Officers with the Meridian Police Department were busy Saturday responding to separate calls of a nonfatal shooting, an armed robbery and a kidnapping attempt.

    Shortly before 1 a.m., police responded to a call of an attempted kidnapping in the 1500 block of 22nd Avenue Heights.

    A 14-year-old girl told police a white male approached her and grabbed her, but she was able to escape his grip and run away, according to a press release.

    When another car drove through the area, the man left in an older Ford pickup truck that was black, with stickers of an American flag and of an eagle on the back window, according to the press release. The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

    The man was described as tall and skinny, with semi-curly hair, a goatee and blue eyes. He appeared to be in his mid 20s. He may have a tattoo of a cross on his left arm. He was wearing a black shirt and bluejeans that had a hole in one knee.

    At about 9: 30 a.m., police were called to a convenience store in the 500 block of Highway 19 North to a report of an armed robbery.

    A 79-year-old woman told police a young black male approached her, brandished a handgun and took her purse before fleeing on foot, a press release states.

    The man was described in the press release as short and dark complexioned. He appeared to be 15 to 20 years of age, the press release states.

    At about 11 a.m., police were responded to the 5200 block of 5th Street where they found a 17-year-old boy shot once in the upper leg, a press release states.

    The teenager told police a small white car drove by and that shots were fired from the car in his direction. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

    No suspects had been identified in the shooting as of Saturday evening.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call MPD at 601-485-1893 or Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.