Armed Robbery *UPDATE* (Arrest Warrants)

 

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The investigation into the armed robbery which occurred on July 3, 2019, at the Up in Smoke store located in the 2900 block of 25th Avenue, has led to arrest warrants for 39 year old Kelly Wayne Akins of Houston Texas and 32 year old Katrina Johnson of Grand Bay Alabama. On July 3, 2019 at approximately 2:33 P.M., Akins entered the Up in Smoke business and produced a handgun while demanding money. Akins departed the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Akins had committed robberies in other jurisdictions to include the City of D’iberville, the City of Lucedale and Mobile County Alabama. Detectives and Investigators from each of these agencies worked together to identify a vehicle that was observed in the area during the time of the robberies. On July 8, 2019, the Lucedale Police Department located the vehicle and its driver identified as Katrina Johnson. Johnson was arrested and charged with Accessory to Robbery in the Lucedale incident. Akins was later taken into custody by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department for the charge of Armed Robbery.

The Police Departments of Gulfport, D’iberville, Lucedale, Mobile Alabama and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, worked together to bring Kelly Wayne Akins and Katrina Johnson into custody.

If you have any information about this crime or any other crime, please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or contact Crimestoppers at (877)787-5898 www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous.

 

 

Armed Robbery / Murder Arrest

 

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On June 27, 2019, the Gulfport Police arrested 29 year old, Tony Alexander Williams of Gulfport, charging him with Armed Robbery and First Degree Murder. The arrest is the result of extensive investigation into the murder of Delfred Lewis which occurred on May 8, 2019, in the 600 block of 25th Street.

On May 8, 2019, at approximately 2:53 PM, officers responded to the 600 block of 25th Street to investigate a firearm discharge complaint. Upon arrival, officers located the body of Delfred Lewis suffering from a gunshot wound. Lewis was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. During the course of the investigation, Williams was developed as a suspect.

On June 27, 2019, Tony Alexander Williams was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshall Service where he was later transported to the Gulfport Police Department for processing. Williams was charged with Armed Robbery and First Degree Murder in the death of Delfred Lewis. Williams is currently being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center with a 1.5 million dollar bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

If you have any information about this crime please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or contact Crimestoppers at (877)787-5898 www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous.

 

Pedestrian Accident with Fatality

 

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Gulfport Police are investigating an accident with a fatality involving a pedestrian. On June 14, 2019 at approximately 1:14 a.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to 12400 block of Highway 49 to investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian accident.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim, a 39 year old female of Gulfport, was attempting to cross Highway 49 when she was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu that was travelling southbound on Highway 49. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the Malibu was not cited and is cooperating with the investigation.

 

 

 

 

Second Degree Murder Arrest

 

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The Gulfport Police arrested 20 year old Breanna McClendon of Hattiesburg charging her with one count of Second Degree Murder. The arrest stemmed from an investigation which began in the City of Hattiesburg.

The initial investigation revealed that McClendon and the victim were together when they arrived at the Circle K gas station located at 13490 Highway 49  during the early morning hours of June 9, 2019 in Gulfport. An altercation occurred at which time McClendon shot the victim. McClendon then drove the victim to Hattiesburg where he was later taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

The Gulfport Police Department is seeking to identify a witness who arrived at the store and assisted getting the victim back into the vehicle, not knowing the victim had been shot. That person is being asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department 228-868-5959.

The Gulfport Police Department would like to thank the Hattiesburg Police Department for their assistance in this joint investigation which resulted in the arrest of Breanna McClendon.

McClendon is being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center with a bond set at $500,000 by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

If you have any information about this crime please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or contact Crimestoppers at (877)787-5898 www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous.

 

Aggravated Assault / Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling

 

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On June 6, 2019, the Gulfport Police Department arrested and charged 32 year old Damian Ladell Brown of Gulfport with Aggravated Assault and Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling. The arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on June 5, 2019, at approximately 9:26 pm in the 3100 block of 8th Avenue. Investigation revealed that Brown travelled to an apartment complex where his ex-girlfriend lived and discharged a firearm into an apartment and a vehicle on the property.

Brown was developed as a suspect and it was learned that Brown was a Wanted Fugitive through the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Detectives travelled to Brown’s residence in the 2100 block 21st Street where Brown refused to exit the residence. Brown barricaded himself inside of his residence for several hours before surrendering to authorities. Brown is being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a Bond of $200,000 set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

This investigation is ongoing. If you have information, please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or contact Crimestoppers at (877)787-5898 www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous.

 

Wanted for Questioning

 

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The Gulfport Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photo. This subject is being sought for questioning in relation to an attempted armed robbery which occurred on May 11, 2019, in the 3300 block of West Beach Boulevard. The subject is described as a black male, bald and medium build.

If you have any information as to the identity and/or whereabouts of this individual, please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or contact Crimestoppers at (877)787-5898 www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com. You can remain anonymous.

Pedestrian Accident with Fatality

 

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Gulfport Police are investigating an accident with a fatality involving a pedestrian. On June 1, 2019 at approximately 6:08 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to Highway 49 near Russell Boulevard to investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian accident.

Initial investigation revealed that a 27 year old male was riding a bicycle and attempted to cross Highway 49 when he was struck by a 2012 Dodge Charger that was travelling southbound on Highway 49. The pedestrian, a Gulfport residence, was pronounced dead on scene.

The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the Charger is cooperating with the investigation.

 

 

 

Accident with Fatality

 

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Gulfport Police are investigating a single vehicle accident which claimed the life of a 37 year old male of Gulfport. On May 28, 2019, at approximately 2:27 am, Gulfport Police responded to 9600 block of Cuandet Road to investigate a vehicle submerged in water with the occupants still inside.

Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Chrysler Sedan was travelling on Cuandet Road near Washington Avenue when it left the roadway landing upside down in a ditch filled with water. Rescue personnel arrived on scene and removed the driver who was pronounced dead on scene. The passenger was transported to a local hospital where their current condition is unknown.

Anyone with information in regards to this accident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959.

 

 

Missing Person (Update)

 

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(UPDATE) Terri Anna Johnson has been located and is alive and well. The Gulfport Police would like to thank everyone who assisted with locating Mrs. Johnson.

On May 20, 2019, at approximately 8:02 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department received a report of missing person Terri Anna Johnson. It is reported that Johnson was last seen at her residence on May 20, 2019 around 2:45 p.m.. Family members stated that they were concerned for the safety of Johnson. Johnson is described as a 29 year old black female, 5’02”, 240 pounds, brown eyes, and black hair.

Anyone with information regarding his location is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also remain anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Aggravated Assault x2

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On May 21, 2019,  the Gulfport Police arrested 13 year old Quinten Martel Winters Jr. of Gulfport charging him with two counts of aggravated assault. The arrest stemmed from an incident where at approximately 7:34 p.m., Gulfport Police responded to the 10000 block of East Taylor Road to investigate a shooting. Upon arrival, officers were advised that two juvenile females were injured. Both were transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

During the course of the investigation, Winters was developed as a suspect and was later taken into custody without incident. Winters is being charged as an adult in this case and is being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a bond set at $50,000 per count by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

If you have information about this crime, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

 

Missing Person

 

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On May 20, 2019, at approximately 8:02 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department received a report of missing person Terri Anna Johnson. It is reported that Johnson was last seen at her residence on May 20, 2019 around 2:45 p.m.. Family members stated that they were concerned for the safety of Johnson. Johnson is described as a 29 year old black female, 5’02”, 240 pounds, brown eyes, and black hair.

Anyone with information regarding his location is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also remain anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Accidental Drowning

 

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On May 19, 2019, at approximately 6:04 P.M., Gulfport Police and Fire responded to the 13000 block of River Road to investigate a possible drowning. Upon arrival, Fire Department Divers recovered an unresponsive male adult from the waters. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The incident is being investigated as accidental.

Aggravated Assault

 

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On May 14, 2019, Gulfport Police arrested Frederick Mack Washington Jr. of Gulfport charging him with one count of Aggravated Assault. On May 14, 2019, at approximately 5:01 am, Gulfport Police responded to the area of 18th Street and 38th Avenue to investigate a firearm discharge. Upon arrival, officers located a black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where his condition is currently unknown.

During the course of the investigation, Washington was developed as a suspect. Detectives later obtained a warrant for the arrest of Washington. Detectives traveled to Washington’s residence where he was taken into custody without incident. Washington was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center with a bond set at $50,000 by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner. Judge Ladner also Off Bonded Washington who was out on bond for Motor Vehicle Theft.   

 This investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this crime, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

Click It or Ticket Campaign

 

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2019 Click It or Ticket Kick-Off

Fact Sheet

Change Habits to Save Lives

Be a Part of the Progress

  • As an integral part of this year’s national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which will take place May 20 through June 2, 2019, The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kickoff event. State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.
  • For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking all States to participate in the B2B, a 1-day national seat belt-awareness event coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled; highly visible state border checkpoints.
  • The kick off will include a 4-hour enforcement crackdown from 4–8 p.m. on Monday May 20th. The focus is on the nighttime hours, during which seat belt use is at its lowest. The operation will include both interstates and local roadways, and NHTSA is asking all States to participate this year.
  • Enforce Life-Saving Laws
  • Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up enforcement and crack down on those who don’t wear their seat belts.
  • Seat belt use is required by law for a reason: In 2017, seat belts saved an estimated 15,000 lives of occupants 5 and older. From 2012 to 2016, seat belts saved nearly 67,000 lives.
  • If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved in 2016 alone.
  • Face the Facts
  • The national seat belt use rate in 2017 was 89.7 percent, which is good—but we can do better. The other 10.3 percent still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.
  • Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (57%) were completely unrestrained—one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
  • Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2017, 51 percent of men killed in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 39 percent of women.
  • High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2017, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.
  • Bust the Myths
  • Vehicle type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. The numbers say otherwise: 59 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2017 were not buckled up. That’s compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.
  • Rural versus urban locations: People who live in rural areas might believe that their crash exposure is lower, but in 2017, there were 12,786 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations, compared to 10,316 fatalities in urban locations. Out of those fatalities, 49 percent of those killed in the rural locations were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 44 percent in urban locations.
  • Learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

 

Accessory after the Fact to Capitol Murder

 

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As a result of the ongoing investigation between the Gulfport Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Davian Lewanika Atkinson has been arrested and charged with Accessory after the Fact to Capitol Murder. Davian Atkinson is the brother of Darian Tawan Atkinson who is charged with Capitol Murder in the death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.  

Davian Atkinson is currently being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a bond set at $500,000.

If you have information about this crime, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

Aggravated Domestic Assault

 

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On May 4, 2019, The Gulfport Police arrested 51 year old Angela Michelle Fletcher of Gulfport charging her with Aggravated Domestic Assault. The arrest stemmed from an incident where on May 4, 2019, at approximately 11:39 PM, officers responded to the 200 block of Debuys Road to investigate a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound.

The initial investigation revealed that Fletcher and the victim, who are in a dating relationship, were involved in an altercation when Fletcher retrieved a firearm and shot the victim. Fletcher was taken into custody on scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Fletcher was later transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center with a bond of $50,000.00 set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.  

If you have information about this crime or any other crime, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

Armed Robbery (Arrest Update)

 

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The Gulfport Police has arrested a second suspect involved in the armed robbery which occurred April 25, 2019 in the 400 block of Glenn Valley Way. On April 29, 2019, Gulfport Police arrested 21 year old Devin Terrell Frazier of Gulfport charging him with two counts of Armed Robbery. Initial investigation revealed that Edward Mickale Barnes IV robbed the homeowner at gunpoint and assaulted him before fleeing on foot. Further investigation revealed that Frazier was also present during the robbery.  

Barnes was taken into custody on April 26, 2019 at his residence. Frazier was taken into custody at his workplace. Both are being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center with a bond set at $250,000.00 per Armed Robbery count for a total of $500,000.00.  

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

Edward Mickale Barnes IV (24 years of age)                                                                          Devan Terrell Frazier (21 years of age)

 

 

 

 

 

Armed Robbery (Arrest)

 

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On April 26, 2019, Gulfport Police arrested 24 year old Edward Mickale Barnes IV of Gulfport charging him with two counts of Armed Robbery. The arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on April 25, 2019 in the 400 block of Glen Valley Way Gulfport. At approximately 10:20 A.M., officers responded to the 400 block of Glen Valley Way to investigate an Armed Robbery complaint. Initial investigation revealed that the suspect walked onto the property of the homeowner, produced a handgun and demanded money from the two victims. The suspect assaulted the one of the victims before fleeing on foot with their personal belongings.

During the course of the investigation, Barnes was developed as a suspect. On April 26, 2019, Gulfport Detectives travelled to Barnes’ residence where he attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody. Barnes was later transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a bond set at $500,000.00 by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner. Barnes was already out on a $225,000.00 bond for two counts of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault which occurred in February of this year.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

 

Armed Robbery Arrest

 

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On April 18, 2019, Gulfport Police arrested 58 year old James Murphy Jr. of Gulfport charging him with one count of Robbery. At approximately 3:42 A.M., officers responded to the 10000 block of Highway 49 to investigate a Robbery complaint. Initial investigation revealed that the Murphy walked into the store and produced a note demanding money and cigarettes. Murphy departed the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. Murphy was located in the area by responding officers and was taken into custody. Murphy was later transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a bond set at $100,000.00 by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray. Anyone with information should contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous and contact Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

Spring Break Traffic

 

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Spring Break weekend is fast approaching. Spring Break will start April 12, 2019 and run through April 14, 2019. Coast residents can expect to see an increase in traffic as early as Friday afternoon. Historically, traffic has been heaviest early Saturday to late Saturday evening.

It is during this time that you will see traffic on US Highway 90, between Cowan Road and Debuys Road, go down to one lane of travel east and westbound. It is important for those who are not participants of the spring break activities, to utilize alternative routes. When travel is reduced down to one lane and, you enter that lane unexpectedly, you can anticipate traveling into the City of Biloxi and possibly the City of Ocean Springs before being able to exit US Highway 90. That travel could possibly take up to three hours.

The closed lane of travel will be utilized for emergency vehicles only. Vehicles not authorized to use the EMERGENCY LANE will be ticketed and towed. In recent years, spring break traffic has been utilizing navigational apps to find alternative routes in attempt to avoid US Highway 90 which, on occasions, would increase traffic in residential neighborhoods. We are asking coast residents to remain patient and understand that we will do our best monitoring and enforcing traffic laws throughout the city.

If traffic becomes immobile, a traffic diversion plan will be implemented. The public will be notified at least 30 minutes in advance via the departments Twitter and Facebook account. The traffic diversion plan is as follows:

  1. All East and Westbound traffic on Highway 90 at the Cowan Road intersection would be diverted north onto Cowan Road. Traffic would then be sent north to Interstate 10 where traffic would be sent east towards Biloxi.
  2. All traffic southbound on Cowan Road from Interstate 10 or entering Cowan Road from the west would be sent south to Pass Road where traffic would be able to go west on Pass Road or continue south on Cowan Road to Highway 90 where traffic would be sent west.
  3. All traffic entering Cowan Road from the east would be sent north on Cowan Road to Interstate 10 and then sent east towards Biloxi.
  4. Traffic on the service drive from Debuys Road to Highway 90 westbound will remain open to all residents south of the tracks.
  5. Debuys Road will be closed from Highway 90 north to Pass Road to all vehicular traffic. Residents can access the service drive from Anniston Avenue.

Should you have any questions concerning this notification letter, please do not hesitate to call 228-868-5959.