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.

 

 

 

 

Carjacking Arrest

 

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On April 3, 2019, the Gulfport Police Department arrested  33 year old Joseph William Sims of Bay St. Louis, charging him with one count of Carjacking. The arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on April 2, 2019. At approximately 11:48 P.M., Gulfport Police responded to the area of Wisconsin Avenue and Jefferson Street to investigate the complaint of a Carjacking.

Upon arrival, Officers located a male subject who had obvious signs of assault. Investigation revealed that the victim was a cab driver and had picked up the suspect in Gulfport. The suspect directed the cab driver to the area where the assault occurred. After assaulting the driver, the suspect took possession of the cab and left the area. The cab was later located in a ditch a few blocks from the incident. Sims fled the scene. Sims was developed as a suspect and was later located by police.

Sims was transported to the station where he admitted culpability. Sims is currently being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with a bond set at $35,000 by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.

 

 

 

 

Missing Person (Death)

 

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On April 2, 2019, the Gulfport Police Department, assisted by the Gulfport Fire Department and the Mississippi Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, located the body of missing person Bryan Lee Daughtrey in the marsh area located north of Runnymeade Drive in Gulfport. Daughtrey was reported missing on April 1, 2019 after he failed to return home from walking his dog.

Gulfport Police and Fire, along with the Mississippi Urban Search and Rescue Team, organized a search party to canvass the area frequented by Daughtrey. Daughtrey’s body was located in the marsh area where it appeared he had drowned. Foul play is not suspected and Daughtrey’s death is being ruled accidental.

 

 

 

Missing Person

 

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On April 1, 2019 the Gulfport Police Department received a report of missing person Bryan Lee Daughtrey. Daughtrey left his residence on March 30, 2019 around 8:00 am to take his dog for a walk. The dog returned March 31, 2019 at approximately 2:00 am without its leash. Daughtrey did not return. Family members stated that they were concerned for the safety of Daughtrey. Daughtrey is described as a 37 year old white male, 6’01”, 150 pounds, hazel eyes, and brown hair. He sometimes wears glasses.

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

 

BancorpSouth Bank Robbery Arrest

 

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On March 22, 2019, at approximately 9:46 A.M., Gulfport Police responded to the 900 block of Cowan Road to investigate a Robbery of a Bank. Initial investigation revealed that the suspect walked into the BancorpSouth Bank and produced a note demanding money. During the course of the investigation, 37 year old Iconic Facce of Ashford Alabama was identified as the suspect. Further investigation revealed that Facce was also known as Jimmy Maurice Lewis. Lewis has a criminal history involving Bank Robbery. Lewis was convicted of Bank Robbery in 2008 after robbing a bank in Decatur Alabama. A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Facce. On March 30, 2019, Facce was taken into custody at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston Texas after returning from Mexico. Facce is being held in the Harris County Jail in Texas awaiting extradition to Mississippi. 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.

BancorpSouth Bank Robbery

 

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On March 22, 2019, at approximately 9:46 A.M., Gulfport Police responded to the 900 block of Cowan Road to investigate a Robbery. Initial investigation revealed that a suspect walked into the Bancorp South Bank and produced a note demanding money. The suspect departed the bank in a northerly direction on foot. The suspect is described as a black female in her mid to late 30’s, 5 foot 6 inches weighing approximately 160 pound. If anyone who has information as/to the identification and/or whereabouts of this individual, please 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.

 

 

 

Drive-by Shooting x2 Arrest

 

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On March 18, 2019, the Gulfport Police arrested Dante’ Tyrelle Burks and Ashley Lagrace Harris, both of Gulfport, charging them each with two counts of Drive-by Shooting. The arrest stemmed from incident which occurred on March 17, 2019. At approximately 3:06 P.M., officers responded to the area of 20th Street and Thornton Avenue to investigate a firearm discharge. While investigating, it was learned that a male victim had walked into Memorial Hospital suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Burks and Harris were identified as suspects. A warrant for their arrest was later issued. At approximately 1:30 A.M., March 18, 2019, Burks and Harris were taken into custody during a traffic stop. Both were later taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility in lieu of bond. Dante’ Tyrelle Burks bond was set at $250.000 per count for a total of $500.000 and Ashley Lagrace Harris was set at $100.000 per count for a total of $200.000.   

Ashley Lagrace Harris (18)                                                 Dante Tyrelle Burks (20)

Accidental Drowning

 

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On March 17, 2019, at approximately 7:09 P.M., Gulfport Police and Fire responded to the 9200 block of Cuandet Road to investigate a possible drowning. Upon arrival, emergency personnel recovered an unresponsive female child from a creek located behind the apartment complex property. The child was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The incident is being investigated as accidental.

Animal Cruelty

 

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On March 7, 2019 the Gulfport Police Department, assisted by the Gulfport Humane Society, rescued over 100 Guinea Pigs from a residence in the Southern Oaks Community 10530 Three Rivers Road. Officers were investigating a burglary at an unrelated address when they smelled a foul odor in the area. Officers were able track the odor to the residence where the animals were being kept. Officers made contact with the homeowner and learned that she possessed over 100 guinea pigs kept in deplorable conditions. Inside of the residence, Officers found skeletal remains of dogs that had passed away. Gulfport Animal Control and the Humane Society arrived on scene and took custody of the animals. The occupant of the residence was cited for Animal Cruelty, Conditions of Premise and not having a permit for the amount of animals in her possession. The animals were transported to the Gulfport Humane Society. You can contact the Gulfport Humane Society for further information regarding the animals.

 

 

Trafficking of Marijuana // Fleeing and Eluding

 

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On February 28, 2019, the Gulfport Police arrested 28 year old Breon Lee Arrington of Wiggins charging him with Trafficking of Marijuana and Felony Fleeing and Eluding in a Motor Vehicle. The arrest stemmed from a narcotics investigation where Arrington fled from a traffic stop. Arrington continued north into Stone County where his vehicle became disabled.

Arrington exited the vehicle and fled on foot where he was apprehended by Gulfport K9. Multiple pounds of marijuana were recovered. Arrington was transported to the Gulfport Police Station where he was processed and later taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Arrington’s bond set at $30,000.00 for Felony Fleeing and $30,000.00 for Trafficking Marijuana.

 

Homicide x2 3000 block of 8th Avenue

 

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On February 27, 2019, at approximately 12:25 am, the Gulfport Police responded to the 3000 block of 8th Avenue to investigate a firearm discharge complaint. Upon arrival, officers located two subjects on the property suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel advised that both subjects were deceased.

This case is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

 

Bomb Threat

 

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On February 24, 2019, at approximately 8:15 pm, the Gulfport Police responded to the 9400 block  Highway 49 to investigate a Bomb Threat. Upon arrival, officers located a suspicious bag near the entrance of the building. The Biloxi Bomb Squad was notified and arrived on scene shortly afterwards. Traffic in the area was temporarily suspended as a precaution.

The Bomb Squad determined that the suspicious bag did not contain any explosives. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.

 

 

Homicide- 2300 block of 26th Avenue

 

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On February 24, 2019, at approximately 6:24 pm, the Gulfport Police responded to the 2300 block  26th Avenue to investigate an assault. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male in the wooded area west of 26th Avenue. Initial investigation revealed that the victim was assaulted by the suspect and succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, later identified as 44 year old Eli Martinez Medina, is currently being sought for the charge of Murder. Medina should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department 228-868-5959 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or calling 1-877-787-5898.