Police capture wanted felon, alleged accomplices still on the loose

Published 10:58 am Thursday, November 29, 2018

Brookhaven police captured a wanted felon Wednesday after he allegedly rammed a patrol car head-on and now they’re looking for his girlfriend, who is wanted for harboring a fugitive.

Police arrested Pierre Thomas II, 26, of Brookhaven, shortly before 9 p.m. He is accused of burglarizing a woman’s apartment and later shooting into her vehicle Nov. 18.

Officers are searching for Zoe Breanna Franklin, 23, whose last known address is 836 Howard Road in Brookhaven; and Jakeish Parker, 22, whose last known address is 324 East Chippewa St.

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“Brookhaven Police Department is no longer going to allow girlfriends or family members of the fugitive we are looking for to hide them,” said BPD Chief Kenneth Collins. “We are going to go after them as well.”

BPD Sgt. Jonathan Alford said Franklin is wanted because she has been hiding Thomas.

“She knew he was wanted, she knew we were looking for him, and then she’s still out here riding around with him and hiding him,” he said. “If you know something and you’re not letting us know, if you’re hiding these people, you’re endangering yourself and you’re endangering the public.”

The officer driving the car that was struck was not injured.

Alford said police have been searching for Thomas since the alleged break-in at Cedars Apartments on Church Street and the alleged shooting on Egypt Circle soon after.

Officers saw him in a vehicle with Franklin on North Center Street Wednesday night.

“We rallied our troops and got together and we went over there and showed up with force,” Alford said.

Thomas pulled away from the residence and hit the patrol car, then backed away, leaving the scene at a high rate of speed, he said.

The suspect jumped out of the vehicle on North Street Drive and police began a foot pursuit. He was caught at the edge of the woods, Alford said.

Parker is wanted by police for questioning concerning the shooting on Egypt Circle.

Alford said the victim told police Parker dropped off Thomas at her apartment and he entered without permission. It appears Parker picked up Thomas later and Thomas took the driver’s seat and “followed the victim around town and shot into her vehicle,” Alford said.

Thomas was paroled in 2016 following a three-year sentence for possession of more than 30 grams and less than 250 grams of marijuana. In 2017, he turned himself in to Brookhaven police following an armed robbery at State Bank & Trust Co. at 865 East Monticello St. The robbery occurred in August.

Parker, also a suspect in the bank robbery, surrendered to police that same day.

Thomas has not been bound over to a grand jury, Alford said. His connection to the bank robbery is still under investigation and Alford believes it could be presented to a grand jury soon.

Parker was bound over to a grand jury but he has not been indicted in the case, he said.

Anyone with information about the location of Franklin or Parker 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.