Meridian Star

July 31, 2013

MPD reports robbery, arrests

From staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —    Officials with the Meridian Police Department reported a robbery and several arrests that occurred Monday.

    According to MPD Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, patrol officers were called at about 9:50 p.m. Monday to the 500 block of 64th Avenue to a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, Harper says the patrolmen were told by the victim that a black man approached him and punched him in the head. The victim, who suffered minor injuries from the assault, told the officers the suspect then took his belongings and then fled in a small gold-colored car. The suspect is described as having a sleeve tattoo on his right arm, Harper says.

    MPD authorities were able to make several arrests during the day Monday in connection with recent burglaries.

    Harper says Erin E. Aycock, 34, and Henry Holley, 38, both of Meridian, were arrested in connection with a burglary that was reported last week. Harper says witnesses spotted the two men on Saturday and notified authorities who held the two men for questioning. Aycock and Holley were subsequently identified as the suspects and were charged Monday for the residential burglary. Aycock and Holley had their bonds set at $30,000 each.

    Troy Nix, 30, of Meridian, was charged with commercial burglary by MPD authorities, Harper says. The incident was reported on July 15 and involves a business located in the 1900 block of 24th Avenue. Nix's bond was set at $30,000.

    Harper says 58-year-old Wanda J. Hampton was arrested Monday and charged with felony shoplifting. Her bond was set at $2,500.

    Brandon R. Dean of Meridian, 22, has been charged with grand larceny, Harper says. Bond for Dean was set at $20,000.

    If you have information pertaining to crimes committed in Meridian, call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860. Your assistance may lead to a cash reward.