Two charged in recent robberies

Published 6:00 am Thursday, November 21, 2002

Two Brookhaven men were arrested and charged in connection witha couple of recent armed robberies in the city, including one wherea store owner was shot in the head, authorities said.

Bruce Nelson, 32, of 706 Earls Trail, was arrested just before 1a.m. Wednesday after eluding authorities for more than week, saidBrookhaven Police Chief Arlustra “Pap” Henderson.

Nelson is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault inthe Nov. 8 robbery and shooting at R & B One Stop on MainStreet, where owner Hari Singhi was shot in the head. Singhi is nowrecovering from the bullet wound and was reported to be “doing muchbetter,” said Henderson.

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Also arrested and charged with armed robbery earlier this weekwas Albert Moore, 38, of Benjamin Street, in connection with theNov. 16 robbery of City Mart #2 at the intersection of Zetus Roadand Natchez Avenue.

Moore is being held in the Copiah County Jail after beingarrested, following a traffic stop in Brookhaven, on a warrant forthe Hazlehurst Police Department.

Officers have been searching diligently for the suspects in twoof three armed robberies in just two weeks in Brookhaven, saidHenderson.

“We know there will always be crime and we’re not perfect, butwe work hard to make an arrest,” he said.

After receiving information from concerned citizens andwitnesses, authorities had issued a warrant for Nelson more than aweek ago. Until Wednesday, they were unable to locate him.

“Then we received information from some citizens who saw him inBrookhaven Wednesday morning, and I want the citizens to know howmuch we appreciate them because that was a big break,” saidHenderson.

Officers located the vehicle Nelson was driving, but when theyattempted to pull him over he sped away, taking officers on a chasethat lasted several blocks.

“He took off and ended up going down a dead end street. Then heran on foot, and we brought our K-9 in to track him to a woodedarea off McCormick Court,” said Henderson.

Henderson applauded the efforts of officers to apprehend Nelson,and the pertinent information provided by citizens.

“The officers did a great job and again we had help from thecitizens in getting an arrest,” he said.