By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Meridian Police Department patrol units responded Friday morning to a report of an armed robbery in the Highland Park area of Meridian.
The victim told officers a black man, wearing black jeans and a blue shirt with an eagle image on it, walked up to him around 10:20 a.m., pulled a knife and demanded the victim give the suspect all his money and his cell phone. The suspect then jumped over a fence behind a house located in the 4500 block of Highland Park Boulevard.
The victim was unhurt.
Officers fanned out to canvas the area but were unable to locate the suspect. In talking with the victim and hearing the description, officers believe they have a person of interest in the case. The suspect was said to be about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds.
There was no information as of late Friday if the person of interest had been located and taken into custody for questioning.
In a separate case of an armed robbery that reportedly occurred at about 4 a.m. Thursday, a man contacted police officers and said a black man armed with a handgun tried to rob him as he walked near Grand Avenue and St. John Street.
The victim told officers the suspect walked up to him wearing a mask and armed with a handgun. When the suspect found out the victim didn't have any money, the suspect turned and ran away.
The victim was unharmed.
If you have information about this crime, contact Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.