Rankin Deputies Arrest Strong Armed Robbery and Assault Suspect
Rankin County Deputies were dispatched to Regions Bank located at 101 Spann Drive off of Spillway Road near Old Fannin Road at2:51 pmon Monday in reference to a physical altercation in the parking lot resulting in injuries. Callers reported witnessing the suspect flee the scene headed toward Flowood on Old Fannin Road in a black 1996 Infiniti. One witness was able to follow the suspect at a safe distance until Sheriff's Deputies were able to make visual contact with the suspect vehicle and intercept. Upon seeing the deputy, the suspect changed directions and headed north on Old Fannin Road attempting to evade law enforcement. The suspect later identified as Jamaree Ellis Stevens 23 years of age from 3595 Holmes Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi. STEVENS was driving extremely reckless, passing vehicles in the center turn lane at high speeds. Deputies on scene at the Bank reported to pursuing deputies that STEVENS would be facing strong armed robbery and aggravated assault charges. Due the violent nature of the original offenses and he reckless manner in which STEVENS was fleeing, deputies took what actions was necessary to end the pursuit. When STEVENS slowed to turn into a gas station, a deputy drove his patrol vehicle into the rear of STEVENS vehicle thereby pinning STEVENS vehicle between a metal sign and the patrol vehicle. This was after STEVENS had slammed on brakes numerous times attempting to cause the deputy to wreck. STEVENS was then taken into custody without further incident.
The victims in this case are a 56 year old female and a 65 year old male. The couple arranged a meeting with STEVENS on Craigslist and agreed to meet at the McDonald's on Old Fannin Road at Spillway Road to sell some jewelry. After seeing the jewelry, STEVENS acted as if he was going into the Regions Bank to withdraw money to pay for the jewelry. When STEVENS exited the bank he asked to see the jewelry again. At that time STEVENS robbed the couple of the jewelry. When the couple fought back, STEVENS threw the female to the ground and the physically assaulting the male. The male pursued STEVENS on foot and ran out of his shoes. Due to the hot asphalt, the male received major burns to his feet causing his skin to peel. When the female was thrown to the ground she sustained injuries including a possible broken leg. Both were transported via AMR to area hospitals.
STEVENS has booked into the Rankin County Jail on charges of strong armed robbery, aggravated assault and felony evasion. He will be held without bond pending his initial appearance before Rankin County Judge Kent McDaniel.
This is a great example of citizens and law enforcement working together to put an end to a criminals run. Citizens were able to provide valuable information in a timely manner and made sure not to place themselves in danger. Now with District Attorney Guest and our Circuit Court Judges in Rankin County we will do everything possible to make sure STEVENS doesn't reoffend in Rankin County for a long time.
Kingfish note: I usually handle Craigslist transactions in the parking lot of a police station.