The Clarksdale Police Department has arrested four people for armed robbery after a man was accosted and gunfire exchanged.
Police reports said a man was robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of Lynn Street Saturday, Nov. 27.
Police said after the robbery, the victim was shot at and he returned fire. The man was robbed of cash and food he was delivering.
Investigators were called and later arrested four suspects for armed robbery. Two of the suspects were juvenile and two were described by police as two black males ages 18 and 19. The names of those arrested were not released by the city.
Police said they would update information about the adult males after an initial appearance in Clarksdale Municipal Court
Armed robbery is a violent felony and is among the most serious crimes in Mississippi.
Armed robbery can carry a stiffer sentence than manslaughter, aggravated DUI causing death, drug trafficking, shootings, and some forms of murder. Armed robbery can carry up to life in prison, served day-for-day, without parole.
A person can be convicted of armed robbery even if he just makes an attempt.
Armed robbery, as the name implies, requires the use of a deadly weapon in the robbery. Examples of deadly weapons can include firearms, knives, baseball bats, bricks, golf clubs, broken bottles, and even automobiles.
Police reported the burglary of a commercial building in the 700 block of Florida Street Sunday, Nov. 28.
A deep fryer, microwave, lap-top computer with printer and a speaker stolen from the location.
Anyone convicted of breaking and entering a building or inner door of a dwelling and even if at the time the building is not occupied, with intent to commit a crime, shall be placed in jail for not less than three years nor more than 25 years.
The crime is enhanced if they person has a previous burglary conviction.
Clarksdale Police are investigating two auto burglaries that appear to be related after items were discovered missing from two vehicle on Tuesday Nov. 23 in South Clarksdale.
Police were called to the 1100 block of Wildcat Drive in the first incident and cash was reported stolen from the car.
The second incident, also in the 1100 block of Wildcat Drive on Tuesday, saw a handgun and assault rifle stolen from a vehicle.
Shooting into a Dwelling
Police are looking for information on a shooting Friday where someone shot into a house in the 100 block of Douglas Street.
Police said the house was shot into one time and police are investigating this incident. No injuries were reported.
Firing shots inside the city limits of Clarksdale is a misdemeanor but can be enhanced to a felony if the person shooting has a previous conviction for certain crime or the shots were premeditated with intent to cause hate, harm or fear.
Shots Fired Call
Police were called to the 700 block of Maple Street during the early morning hours Tuesday, Nov. 26 after gun shots were reported in the area. Responding officer checked the area, but nothing was found
Police are asking residents to call them immediately when they hear shots fired in their neighborhood, give a location of where the shot came from and police will respond to the scene and check for evidence.
Clarksdale Assistant Chief Norman Starks has asked anyone with information about these incident to call the Clarksdale Police Department at 621-8156, or simply dial 911. Residents can also call the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department at 624-2411. All calls remain anonymous.
Clarksdale does not have a Crimestopper’s program, but is seeking volunteers to serve on this program that does stop crime in your neighborhood. Please call City Hall at 662-621-8100 and ask for details of helping to create a Crimestopper's program for Clarksdale.