Friday, February 20, 2015

JPD grabs Hinds Catch & Release star at St. D.

JPD arrested yet another star graduate of the Hinds County Catch & Release Program. Undra Harper was charged with attempting to steal a car from the parking lot of the ER at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. His criminal history shows a pattern of indictments, low bonds, and no prosecutions. JPD issued this press release:


On Monday, February 16, 2015, Precinct 4 officers arrested suspect, Undra Harper, 34, for an Auto Theft at a local hospital.

Harper was observed by hospital security in the process of taking a patient’s vehicle near the emergency room. When the suspect was confronted, an altercation ensued.

Precinct 4 officers detained the suspect upon their arrival, and a search revealed that Harper was in possession of a weapon with the serial numbers filed off. A local check revealed that the suspect also had a warrant with Jackson Police Department for an Auto Theft that occurred in 2014.

Harper is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history and was out on bond under five indictments, stemming from a 2013 arrest for a series of Auto Thefts and Auto Burglaries. Harper was also on probation for a 1999 Armed Carjacking conviction at the time of his latest arrest. Auto Theft detectives attempted to interview the suspect, but he refused to give a statement. In addition to the Auto Theft charges, Harper was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm during Monday’s arrest.


Harper has been arrested and indicted for more than a few crimes. Here is his criminal history:

*March 14, 2014: Indicted for auto theft. The bond is not known. No trial date has been set for Harper. No continuances have been filed. The file is just..... sitting in the clerk's office.*January 29, 2014: Indicted for five counts of auto burglary. SENIOR Circuit Judge Tomie Green set bond at $15,000.
*May 1, 2013: Indicted for auto theft at the U-Save Auto Rental on I-55 N on October 24, 2012. SENIOR Circuit Judge Tomie Green set bond at $10,000.
*April 30, 2008: Indicted for one county of receiving stolen goods. Judge Yerger set bond at $50,000. He later didn't appear in court and a warrant for his arrest was issued. That was settled BUT the District Attorney asked the court to drop the case on the grounds that Harper was an informant for the FBI. See the last page of the documents posted below. Judge Yerger granted the motion on January 19, 2010.

Kingfish note: Know what is missing from all of these files and prosecutions? A motion to revoke bond. The District Attorney's office has not filed a single motion to revoke his bond on any of these charges. Catch and release. He has yet to go to trial for any of the charges filed since 2008.


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Depressing........apparently the District Attorney's office has gone out of business.

Anonymous said...

If Smith's gross incompetence wasn't so very damaging to Jackson and Hinds it would be funny.

Kingfish said...

Unfortunately I can't find any cases on this guy in Madison or Rankin so we can't get Guest to do Smith's job and try to revoke his bond as we've done in other cases.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there some sort of emergency intervention available from the State? How can our elected leaders at that level continue to allow this situation to fester and grow worse? Will they act when a legislator or state officer or some other bigwig is mugged, robbed, carjacked and/or shot?

Anonymous said...

At least his cases got that far. A fella broke into my house on 12/22/13, was apprehended on the premises (girl power!) and still hasn't been indicted. I called the DA's office yesterday and apparently the case is still sitting on a detctive's desk at JPD. The whole system is broken.

Kingfish said...

Send me an email at kingfish1935@gmail.com so I can keep tabs on your case. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Stan Alexander for Hinds DA

Anonymous said...

Why do you folks think that Stan Alexander will do a better job? It is not Robert's fault that we can't get cases to trial.

Anonymous said...

instead of constantly blaming Robert Smith, why not look into what Judges Green, Gowan, and Kidd do. Weill is probably a nutcase, but at least he moves his docket. Green, as senior judge, is the main problem. If you deem yourself a reporter, dig there.

Anonymous said...

4:51 - I would like to see the Legislature take over Jackson, like how DC works. Not much in MS is more dysfunction than the Legislature, but Jackson is.

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:40 - you obviously don't know that in this day and age, very few cases go to a full jury trial. Most are settled by plea bargain, which puts a felony conviction on their record and sends them to prison for a sentence most likely similar to what they would have gotten had they gone to trial. Good DA's move the justice system along like this. Hinds county needs a DA that will move the bad guys off the streets and Hinds county jail into the state prisons. Smith just doesn't get it.

Anonymous said...

Of course its Robert's fault. Robert is an absentee landlord. Please just talk to ANY of his assistants and they will tell you that.

Pop A Lock said...

I am frankly surprised there was not a killing in the St. D. parking lot. A thug with this record having a weapon on his person being confronted by unarmed hospital security and a vehicle owner sounds like a recipe for murder to me. That donut-eatin' bunch of valet parkers are in no 'condition' to apprehend criminals.

Anonymous said...

I believe we have found the poster boy for what is broken in Hinds County. Don't believe for one minute that the FBI seriously trusted this guy. Or that he was necessary for their case/cases. Wonder what Judge Yerger was basing his decision on? If, in any way, the FBI is responsible for turning this criminal out to prey on others, something is badly wrong. It just looks to me like we have a DA who doesn't want to work and judges who think sparse calendars are part of their priviledge. Catch & Release is a great name for this pretense of justice.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:27.

The primary mission of St.D "security" is to flush out those people trying to sneak a smoke on the smoke free "campus".

Anonymous said...

Sumbitch needs to be lobotomized.

A Sal & Mookie's bench warmer said...

Please, please, pretty please1 Let's not speak any negatives about Jackson. why this is just a couple of blocks from the safe haven of Fondren. This gentleman may have had a few "incidents" with the law, bu the is an undercover snitch for the FBI. a true citizen.Can't we cut him some slack?

Anonymous said...

Is this guy addicted to stealing cars or what?

Anonymous said...

Someone's gotta a serious stick up his ass about Jeff Good an anything about him. What's the deal dude?

Anonymous said...

Smith in the offfice or out should not make rat's ass worth of difference. The DA's Office should run lke a well oiled machine. Each and every assistant is resposible for the prosecution of those cases, even if the assigned ADA is out fot good cause. This includes taking a few minutes to "cut and paste" any manner of motions, trot down 1 or 2 floors and then argue them. All it takes to perform this smple task is a "warm body with a law license".
Still the responsibility falls on Smith to see that HIS OFFICE and STAFF do the job for which they are getting very well paid.
I can't for the lfe of me figure out f the whole bunch are inept or just plain lazy.

Law of Expectations said...

Neither. The third option is that it simply does not matter and they are well aware of that.

It's also a good example of the self-fulfilling prophecy in that they are performing at the lowest level of expectations and they have become what it was expected and intended that they become.

If you take an eighth grade gym class out on the track and announce that you expect them all to have completed one lap within fifteen minutes, how many do you think will circle the track in just over a minute? Maybe three. And those three will be motivated to compete against the other two and themselves. The rest will accept the fifteen minute challenge.

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