Brookhaven bank robbery suspect remains at large

Published 9:55 pm Monday, October 9, 2017

Police officers continue to search for the whereabouts of a man suspected of helping rob a Brookhaven bank at gunpoint in late August.

The suspect, Lattrick Williams, may have been a passenger in a car that eluded sheriff’s deputies and police officers during a high-speed chase late Saturday night, Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said.

“We believe he was in the vehicle,” Collins said.

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Williams was one of five men accused of armed robbery at State Bank & Trust Co. Aug. 31. The bank’s Star Town branch at the corner of East Monticello Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive was robbed at gunpoint shortly after 8 a.m., before the branched opened for the morning. The two female clerks at the branch were not injured.

BPD immediately put out the call for assistance from other law enforcement agencies and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Bateman Stilley spotted Robert Collins Jr. about two blocks from the bank shortly after the robbery and apprehended him. Collins, 28, of 625 E. Chickasaw St., is not related to Chief Collins.

Jakeish Parker, 22, of 324 East Chippewa St., and Walter Owens Jr., 25, of 825 Turner St., also surrendered to police that day. Pierre Thomas II surrendered a week later.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Old Hwy. 51 about 10:20 p.m. Saturday because of a traffic violation. He said when the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver took off and deputies began a pursuit.

Chief Kenneth Collins said police officers assisted, following the driver into Eastview, where he ditched the car and the driver and passenger took off on foot.

“Officers searched in the woods for about an hour,” he said.

Collins said the car was impounded and officers will be talking to the owner.

Rushing said the pursuit reached maximum speeds of 50 to 60 mph in some areas.

Since the robbery, police have conducted at least five raids to locate Williams.

“Anybody that’s caught aiding them in any type of way will be charged,” Collins said.

He has encouraged Williams’ family to bring him in as well.

“They are honest and hard-working people, too,” he said.

In the meantime, police will continue to raid locations where Williams may be trying to hide. BPD is being assisted by other local, state and federal agencies.

Anyone with information about the location of the suspect is asked to call Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5251 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

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