By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune police officers on patrol arrested suspects on drug-related charges, wrote a ticket for a DUI, responded to a domestic dispute and handled a suspected strong-arm robbery.
On March 21, officers patrolling the area of Rosa Street saw a vehicle traveling with a broken tail light, prompting them to pull it over, said Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri.
During the stop the officer came into contact with the driver, 44-year-old Rodney Magee of 823 S. Beech St., who smelled of intoxicating beverage, Magri said. The officer asked Magee to get out of the vehicle and upon questioning, he admitted to having a few beers about an hour prior to the stop, Magri said.
After submitting to a field sobriety test, Magee was charged with DUI and then the officer asked the passenger, 37-year-old Clifton Peters to get out of the vehicle, Magri said. During a safety pat down of Peters, the officer found a plastic bag containing four Hydrocodone pills, leading Peters to be charged with possession of a controlled substance, Magri said.
Saturday morning just before 1:30, officers responded to a domestic dispute. Magri said the responding officer met with 25-year-old Christopher Taylor of 94 Woodridge Lane, who said his girlfriend had taken his keys and refused to give them back. Magri said the officer noticed that Taylor appeared intoxicated, leading him to be charged with public drunk. Magri said during Taylor’s arrest, a pat down was conducted in which the officer found a bag of marijuana along with a hand-rolled cigarette containing the drug, leading to an additional charge of possession of marijuana.
In another case the same day, officers were called to the area of South Beech and Jackson Landing Road in reference to a suspected strong-arm robbery. Magri said the call came in on Saturday just before midnight, and when they met with the victim she said the crime occurred as she was walking along Jackson Landing Road towards the Food Mart when an unknown black male, about 6 feet in height with a heavy build wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap, took the Betty Boop wallet from her back pocket and fled.
The victim told police she chased the suspect, tackling and fighting with him to get her wallet back, which she said contained about $80, Magri said. As the victim fought with the man, a person described as a black male driving a gold or silver truck pulled up and the driver yelled out “Timmy” before getting out of the vehicle with an assault rifle in hand, Magri said.
At that time the suspect the victim was fighting with got up, got in the truck with the driver and both fled the scene, Magri said. He said a search of the area did not find the vehicle or suspects the victim had described.
Scratches on the victim’s nose and chin were noted and a baseball cap matching the description of the suspect’s was found at the scene, Magri said.
Magri asked that anyone with information about this incident to call the Picayune Police Department at 601-798-7411