It is becoming too much of a familiar story in Hinds County. Hoodlum
commits crime. Police does its job and catches him. Hoodlum stays in
prison for a year or two. He gets back out on the street and terrorizes
the community some more until he is locked up again. The case of Denarious Watts is
one of the better examples of the Hinds County Catch & Release
program. JPD issued this statement yesterday:
On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approx. 12:32 AM, Jackson Police Officers investigated an armed carjacking that occurred at Woodridge Apartments, 1533 Raymond Rd. The victim stated that two armed black males, along with another unarmed black male robbed her for her belongings and took her 2016 red Hyundai Elantra with a Herrin Gear paper tag. There were no injuries reported. The suspects all wore dark colored clothing.
On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approx. 5:51 AM, Jackson Police Officers investigated an armed carjacking that occurred in the 4900 block of Laurel Oak Dr. The victim, as she exited her residence, observed an armed black male suspect pointing a handgun at her eight year old son’s head demanding the vehicle. The suspect was standing near the driver’s side of the vehicle demanding that he get out of the rear seat of the vehicle. The eight year old exited the vehicle, and the suspect fled the scene in her 2014 silver Honda Accord. There were no injuries reported. The victim observed a red Hyundai, occupied by two black males, matching the description of an earlier carjacked vehicle near this location fleeing the scene along with her vehicle. The Honda Accord was recovered on Monday, March 20, 2017 at an undisclosed location.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Precinct One officers, acting on a tip detained Javaris Thompson- 19, at a South Jackson residence. He was detained for questioning regarding these two incidents. Robbery/Homicide Detectives were able to recover evidence linking Thompson to the Woodridge Apartments carjacking. He was questioned and booked into the city jail on unrelated charges. He was later charged with Arm Carjacking and Poss. of Stolen Goods.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the stolen red Hyuandai Elantra was recovered in Simpson County. It was occupied by a black male juvenile, and Denarious Watts-21. They were both detained for questioning. Subsequently, Denarious Watts was later developed and identified as one of the suspects responsible for robbing the victim. He has been charged with Armed Robbery of an Individual and Auto Theft. Javaris Thompson was also developed and identified as one of the suspects. He has also been charged with Armed Robbery of an Individual and Auto Theft in addition to the previous charges.
Watts was indicted in December 2013 for five counts of house burglary in Clinton that were committed in August of that year.* The case just lingered around as it they often do in Judge Kidd's court and was finally adjudicated on August 31. Watts pleaded guilty to four counts of house burglary and prosecutors agreed to drop one of the counts. Judge Kidd sentenced him to serve 15 years in prison and 3 years of post-release supervision buuuuut he suspended 8 years of the prison sentence. Watts only had to serve seven years in but Judge Kidd gave him credit for time served in the Hinds County jail.
*There were two separate indictments. 13-701 had one count and 13-720 had four counts.
Kingfish note: Forget catch & release, this suspect went through a revolving door. The police did their job on this case only to get backstabbed by the criminal justice system. This outcome is what the proponents of HB #585 desired. The next time one of these Republicans who voted for this bill brags about being tough on crime, shove this case in their face. The only one who voted against it in the Jackson metro area was Rep. John Moore.
The Jackson Mayoral candidates will preach mightily about what they plan to do about crime but not one of them -not one- will raise hell about catch and release. They won't criticize the District Attorney, they won't criticize the judges, they won't even acknowledge the problem.
The District Attorney and MDOC need to come get their boy and throw his ass back in jail for the rest of his 15-year sentence. Go file that notice or affidavit with Judge Kidd and make it happen. These thugs think nothing of pointing a gun at a child's head and threatening to kill him. Treat them as the scum that they are.