By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Law enforcement authorities are still searching for a teenaged woman who is believed to have been involved in a burglary-kidnapping case that occurred last week.
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said Monday investigators are still trying to locate Jazmine Lashae Ramsey, 19. Ramsey is wanted on charges of armed robbery, burglary and kidnapping.
"We still haven't located her yet," Calhoun said Monday. "We would like for the public to help us so we can close this case."
Calhoun said Ramsey is an integral part of the case.
One man, Terrell Lamar Wilson, 27, was arrested in connection with the incident that occurred Wednesday at a home on Russell Mt. Gilead Road. Wilson was charged with burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and felon in possession of a firearm. Wilson is being held in the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility in Meridian on $105,000 bond.
Calhoun said around noon Wednesday a male and a female, later identified as Ramsey, entered the unlocked door of a home in the 2300 block of Russell Mt. Gilead Road and confronted a woman inside the home.
Calhoun said they took the female and bound her with duct tape and put her in a closet. They then began looking through the house.
The homeowner, who was outside at the time of the break-in, entered the home and struggled with the two burglars, who ran outside, one of them firing two shots from a gun taken from the house that belonged to the homeowner.
"We don't believe they were firing at him (the homeowner)," Calhoun said. "We believe they were trying to scare him."
K-9 units were used to track the suspects, who had run into the woods. Wilson was found a short time later and taken into custody but the search continued for the other suspects. At one point, deputies canvasing the woods along Russell Mt. Gilead Road toward Dees Road found items in the woods thought to be part of the incident. During the search of the woods, deputies found face masks, clothing and several guns that had been discarded under a tree.
Meanwhile, a partially clad woman, later identified as Ramsey, exited the woods and approached deputies as they had staked out Dees Road to try and cut off any escape routes.
"She became a person of interest as she approached us indicating she has been the victim of domestic violence," Calhoun said. "She went to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. During the course of being treated for her injuries, she snuck out."
Calhoun said the investigation is ongoing adding, "We need the community's help in locating Ramsey."
Anyone with information about Ramsey's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.