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Two are held on charges of armed robbery

Two Brookhaven men have been arrested on armed robbery charges in connection with an incident at a residence on South First Street.

Justin Sanders, 19, of 208 Hall St., and Kreshun Markham, 16, address unavailable, are being held in the Lincoln County jail on charges of armed robbery.

According to Brookhaven Assistant Police Chief Bobby Bell, the incident occurred Friday afternoon when the two men knocked on the front door of the victim’s home in the 1000 block of South First Street.

After no response, they then moved to the back door where they met the intended victim, Bell said.

The victim was then threatened with a handgun and assaulted before his wallet was taken, according to Bell.

“They roughed him up,” Bell said. “He was bruised.”

The Brookhaven Police Department responded to the call regarding the robbery at 4:56 p.m., Bell said.

Witnesses saw the two men running from the scene, and the suspects were subsequently arrested in the same neighborhood as the attack.

According to Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson, the arrests were made within 45 minutes of the BPD receiving the call.

Henderson said there is no indication as to exactly what type of weapon was used in the attack as no weapon was found on the men at the time of the arrest.

According to Henderson, the victim recognized one of his assailants.

“He knew one of them because [the assailant] brought aluminum cans to sell to him a couple of days before,” Henderson said.

Markham, 16, has been charged as an adult due to a Mississippi law that dismisses his juvenile status because of the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.

As of Wednesday, May 29, both suspects remain in the Lincoln County jail.