Authorities seek suspect after robbery

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2012

County and city authorities are working together to determine if an early Monday morning robbery on Denton Trail and a Sunday evening encounter that frightened some walkers on Kraner Lane are related.

     Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said the robbery occurred around 1 a.m. Monday at 905 Denton Trail after the homeowner had gotten off work and was walking from his vehicle to the house.

     “As he was walking to his house, (the suspect) approached him,” Rushing said.

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     Rushing said the suspect, described as a black male with a white T-shirt and black pants, produced a gun. The suspect then took a wallet and fled on foot.

     Denton Trail neighbors reported seeing a white or silver SUV-type vehicle on the road about that time. Rushing said his department is working several leads in the case.

     “We’re trying to track those down and follow up this morning,” the sheriff said Tuesday.

     The Denton Trail robbery followed a Sunday evening incident in which a mother and daughter were walking their dog and were approached by a white van driven by a black male. The incident on Kraner Lane was reported to the Brookhaven Police Department around 9:46 p.m.

     Police Chief Pap Henderson said the mother and daughter were walking when the man in the van started harassing them by asking questions such as where they lived and what kind of dog they had.

     The van, with a possible Copiah County tag, left after the mother and daughter reached a nearby house.

     Henderson and Rushing said their departments are investigating any possible connections between the two cases.

     “We can’t say for sure if they’re related, but we’re working together to see if they might be the same people,” Rushing said.