Ridgeland's "serial robber" who was arrested last week was turned loose by Judge Tomie Green after he was convicted of two counts of armed robbery. Ridgeland police arrested Blessed Adams for strong-armed robbery, possession of marijuana, failure to yield to the police, and simple assault last week after he maced a clerk and then stole money from Old Canton Liquor and Wine. Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal called him a "serial robber". The Madison County Journal reported:
The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with Jackson Police apprehended a Jackson man earlier this afternoon, shortly after he allegedly robbed an Old Canton liquor store. The man is believed to be connected to other incidents in Ridgeland and surrounding jurisdictions.Serial thug is the better description for Blessed. He was indicted for two counts of armed robbery that were committed in December 2014. He used a gun to rob both the Family Dollar Store on Raymond Road and the Dollar General Store on West Northside Drive. He was convicted of both armed robbery charges on August 30, 2016.
Blessed Adams, 23, of Jackson has been arrested and charged with strong armed robbery and simple assault after he pepper sprayed a clerk at a liquor store and made off with money from the register at Old Canton Liquor and Wine.
Police Chief John R. Neal said during a press conference Wednesday evening that Adams was apprehended within thirty minutes of the 911 call being placed....
Neal said his department received a report of an incident at Old Canton Liquor and Wine that a man had come in and asked for a bottle on the shelf behind the cashier. When the cashier turned around he sprayed her with pepper spray and took all money from the cash register and left in a gray Dodge Avenger...
Neal said officers responded to the area “immediately.” He said they quickly identified the vehicle at the Shell Station on Ridgewood Road in Jackson and kept it under surveillance. He said they noticed a man, matching a description given at the liquor store, leave the Shell station and get into the vehicle.
Neal said the suspect quickly recognized the officers were onto him and turned into Town and Country Apartments off County Line Road in Jackson where he fled on foot.
Neal said he was tracked and apprehended by a canine unit in the backyard of a nearby house on Mossline Drive.
“These jurisdictions work very well together. Units from Jackson PD and Ridgeland were looking for him and when we get close like this we are not going home until we catch them,” Neal said.
Neal said he was a “serial robber” in the metro area and is being sought for questioning by investigators from Jackson, Florence and Madison.
“We had a meeting here a while back with investigators from several jurisdictions and we compared notes and several other guys had details that match Adams’ MO so he could be charged in other jurisdictions as well,” Neal said.
Neal said they expect to connect him to a knifepoint robbery at Mac’s Gas Station in December... Rest of the article.
However, Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green blessed Blessed and turned him loose to go back on the prowl. She sentenced him to fifteen years in prison but suspended all fifteen years and ordered him to be released immediately. She placed him on supervised probation for three years. She justified this treatment by stating in her order that he had completed the RID program. A few weeks of yelling and doing pushups gave Blessed the blessing he needed from his redeemer in Judge Tomie Green.
Kingfish note: You read that correctly. Adams is twice convicted of armed robbery with a gun and Judge Green immediately turns him loose to terrorize law-abiding citizens in the Jackson area.
MDOC and the Hinds County District Attorney should go to court RIGHT NOW to ask Judge Green to remove the "suspended" part of that fifteen year suspended sentence and put Blessed back in jail. This case would be a good one for Robert Shuler Smith to use to embarrass Judge Green and protect the rest of us from this thug. This case is one more example of Judge Green going easy on criminals. The problem is the rest of us have to suffer whenever she screws up. Heaven protect us from the Hinds County criminal justice system.