Robbery suspects identified, two taken into custody

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 6, 2018

All three suspects involved in an armed robbery last week have been identified, and two have been taken into custody.

According to previous coverage, on June 24 the Picayune Police Department received a call that a man had been robbed at gunpoint at a local car wash on Highway 11. In that incident, two men approached the victim and demanded money before taking his money clip and fleeing in a silver car driven by a third, female suspect, previous coverage states.

Assistant Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said that shortly after the robbery took place, the department received information that one of the stolen credit cards had been used at a store in Slidell, La. They received video surveillance from the store, which showed the female suspect, and alleged driver of the getaway car, using the stolen card. Working with car wash workers, the department also obtained video footage of the vehicle, Magri said.

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Magri said that once copies of the videos were obtained, the department made the decision to put the information on its Facebook page to ask for community assistance in identifying the suspects. Shortly after doing so, a number of community tips and further investigation led to a possible identification of the female driver, Brittany Martin, 25, 2020 Ladnier Road, Gautier, Miss. The two men were identified as Lonnie Bentley, 24, 2044 Ada Williams Lane, Lenoir, N.C. and Andrew Parris, 31, 4273, Jefferson Place, Granite Falls, N.C., Magri said.

Magri said detectives made contact with a law enforcement agency in North Carolina after the two men were identified and learned that they had been arrested on July 2 by Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies on unrelated charges. After contacting the department in Caldwell, holds were placed on Bentley and Parris. Meanwhile, Martin was entered into NCIC as wanted for armed robbery, Magri said.

Magri said the department has since been in touch with Martin by phone and it is believed that she will turn herself in on the robbery charges. Magri said he expects she will be in custody soon.

“We would like to thank the community for their help in identifying the suspects and getting them off the streets,” Magri said.