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Two suspects are now in custody in relation to an armed robbery Sunday morning at the Kangaroo Express, 1102 S. Main.
Poplarville Police Chief Charlie Fazende reported in a Tuesday news release that the suspects, Samantha Brumfield, age 27, and Joshua Prokasy, age 30, face charges of armed robbery. The pair are listed as living at 47 South Spoon Ranch Road, Poplarville.
Fazende reported that Brumfield and Prokasy are in the custody of Bogalusa, La., authorities, facing separate charges from that jurisdiction.
“The quick response of the local media played a big part in their apprehension,” Fazende said. “A lot of tips came in as a result of the news stories, and one of those tips helped lead us to our suspects. Our officers and investigator did an outstanding job and I would like to thank the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the Bogalusa Police Department for their assistance.”
The media releases from Sunday detailed the robbery incident.
Capt. Rossie Creel with the Poplarville Police Dept. on Sunday said a white female, wearing pajama pants, a dark gray hoodie, and flip-flops allegedly entered the Kangaroo convenience store around 7:30 a.m. where she picked up an energy drink and approached the counter.
As the clerk began to handle the purchase, the woman allegedly pointed what appeared to be a small revolver at the clerk and demanded money, as could be seen on the surveillance tape image, Creel said.
After snatching the money from the clerk, the woman left through the front door and turned to the right, he said. Approximately $300 was taken.
After the suspect left, Creel said the panic-stricken clerk, the only employee in the store at the time, dialed 911 to report the robbery. Police are not releasing the name of the employee.
Another surveillance image showed the woman entering the store. Three lines of words could be seen on the woman’s dark hoodie, Creel said, but the words were not readable.
Creel said there were no other customers present during the incident. At the time, no description of a vehicle the suspect may have used was available, and it was not known if more suspects were involved, according to the original release.
Fazende said on Tuesday a hold has been placed on the pair until details for their extradition on charges of armed robbery can be worked out with Bogalusa authorities. He said they can voluntarily agree to return or fight extradition through the legal system.