Poplarville police help nab an escapee and her accomplice, arrest another for burglary

Published 3:26 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What seemed to be a planned escape from Mississippi Department of Corrections officers last Wednesday could have turned deadly.

Officers discovered the danger they could have been in when five weapons were found in a vehicle used in the escape after officers surrounded the escapee and her accomplice and arrested them.

Poplarville police helped MDOC officers apprehend two suspects involved in what appeared to be a planned escape at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 26 and U.S. Highway 11. MDOC officers were transporting a parolee to jail last Wednesday for breaking her parole, said a Poplarville police department spokesperson.

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The police department was asked to help apprehend the suspect after she leaped from an MDOC cruiser while being carried to the Pearl River County jail at Millard. The suspect had been taken into custody for violating her parole.

After the suspect jumped out of the MDOC vehicle, she jumped into car being driven by an alleged accomplice and the two sped away. Poplarville police located the car, gave chase and cornered the two suspects. The driver would not get out of the car and had to be coaxed out of the vehicle, said Poplarville Police Chief Charlie Fazende.

When officers searched the escape automobile, they found five weapons, including an assault rifle. “It could have gotten ugly,” said Fazende.

A call has been placed by the Item to MDOC officials in Laurel for more information, but by press time the Item had not received a return call. Poplarville police had no identification on the suspects because the case was being handled by MDOC.

In another case, Poplarville police on Sunday arrested a Poplarville man and charged him with the burglary of a home on U.S. Hwy. 11, Fazende said.

Charged with residential burglary was Chazz Hart, 18, 761 Homer Ladner Rd. The charge is a felony.

Hart was scheduled for an initial appearance today in court in Poplarville, when a bond will be set by the judge.

Authorities would not release the name of the victim of the break-in because the investigation was continuing.

Fazende said the burglary suspect and the victim knew each other.

He said a “significant amount of cash” was involved in the incident.

The victim was a city worker.

Fazende said Hart was caught on video during the alleged break-in, and authorities believe that he had been  watching the residence, waiting for the victim to leave.

The victim had installed a video camera earlier at the insistence of friends because he had suffered other, similar incidents and kept a large amount of cash in his home.

The victim identified the suspect, said Fazende.

Over the weekend, Poplarville police, in a routine traffic stop near Circle D truck stop on Miss. Hwy. 26, also nabbed a suspect wanted by East Baton Rouge Parish, La., authorities.

Poplarville police arrested the suspect, Calarrity K. Robinson, 21, 1918 Arizona St., Baton Rouge, La., for no driver’s license, no proof of insurance and no tag. After running an identification check on him, officers discovered he had outstanding warrants in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Poplarville authorities were holding him for extradition to Baton Rouge.