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.