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Brookhaven police arrest suspect wanted in multiple crimes

A Brookhaven man police have long suspected in numerous crimes was caught in McComb Tuesday after a large law enforcement task force tracked him down.

Lattrick Williams was apprehended at a residence at 1184 Friendship Road in McComb Tuesday afternoon in a sting conducted by Brookhaven police, with assistance from the sheriff’s offices in Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties; Rankin County’s K9 task force; the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the federal ATF and U.S. Marshals. He was arrested on a bench warrant for indictments from 2016 for a drive-by shooting, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and he also has indictments from 2017 for sale of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a church.

Police also want to question Williams in connection with several crimes, including the Aug. 31, 2017, armed robbery of the Star Town branch of State Bank and Trust, and January 2018 high-speed chase that went across Brookhaven and onto I-55 in which a black Tahoe eluded police and wrecked one patrol car, injuring the officer behind the wheel.

“There’s 100,000 things he’s charged with,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins.

Williams was booked into the Lincoln County Jail.

Cordarryl Bell, who last week was convicted of manslaughter in the Nov. 2, 2015, shooting death of 26-year-old Aquarius Nelson, claimed Williams attempted to kill him earlier that day, believing he had shot and injured 41-year-old Christopher Stringer the previous day. Bell said he did not shoot Stringer.

Brookhaven police suspect Stringer was one of the occupants of the vehicle that escaped capture in January. He was captured  May 29 by Monticello police after a high-speed chase and faces numerous drug charges in Lincoln County.

Collins said Williams was seen traveling with Justin Anderson — who is in trial for murder in connection with the Nov. 24, 2017 shooting at The Oasis nightclub in Brookhaven — while police searched for Anderson late last year.

Williams was arrested on Sept. 22, 2016 for aggravated assault and other charges, and on May 10, 2016 for disturbing the peace, both by Brookhaven police.

A grand jury indicted him on March 15, 2016, alleging he fired a shot at Marvin Monley, Jr., on Nov. 2, 2015 — the same day Bell killed Nelson and alleged Williams fired at him, too. Bell also testified Monley was who gave him a ride the home at 115 Walnut St. where Nelson was killed.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents said they found marijuana and a firearm on Williams during an investigation on Aug. 6, 2015, in which they nabbed several suspects in front of an alleged drug house.