Meridian Star

January 8, 2014

MPD probes robbery

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Detectives with the Meridian Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that was reported Monday night.

    Lt. John Griffith, executive officer with the MPD, said Tuesday afternoon detectives are still trying to locate the suspect in the incident.

    According to a press release issued by Griffith, around 8 p.m. two men were robbed at gunpoint at a residence located in the 1800 block of 26th Avenue. The release said the victims told detectives the lone suspect entered the home and at gunpoint demanded money and other valuables. After getting what he wanted, the release said the victims told detectives the suspect fled from the home. Griffith said neither of the victims was injured.

    The release also noted the arrest of two individuals for unrelated crimes. The release said on Sunday detectives with the MPD charged Antonia J. Cherry with two counts of possession of a counterfeit instrument, forgery and uttering. The release said Cherry's bond was set at $5,000 on each charge.

    Griffith said later the department has been dealing with an influx of counterfeit instruments, mainly fraudulent business and personal checks. Griffith said the arrests have come on the heels of the suspects trying to cash these fake checks at locations in Meridian.

    The release said the MPD has determined that many of these checks were produced using the names and addresses of local residents and businesses. The release said the suspects go through mail boxes in order to get information they need to put on the checks. The release advised residents and businesses to be aware of leaving mail in the mail box for extended periods of time. They advise in the release to promptly retrieve mail and to send mail as close to the time mail carriers are due to arrive.

    In an unrelated case, the release said Dontelyus D. McAllister, 34, was arrested on December 30, 2013 and later charged with simple domestic violence. The release stated this was the third offense for McAllister for this particular charge which caused the offense to be upgraded to a felony. McAllister was placed on $10,000 bond.