Ferriday business hit by two crimes

Published 9:14 am Saturday, June 23, 2007

FERRIDAY — One local business was unfortunate enough to play host to the scene of two crimes in two days.

Ferriday police responded to a call a robbery had taken place at 619 E.E. Wallace Blvd. — Graham’s Jiffy Mart, a grocery and convenience store, Thursday.

Ferriday investigator Maj. Johnny Evans said a subject walked into the store and grabbed money out of the register when a worker opened it.

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The subject was a tall, slender black male who wore a shoulder-length wig, Evans said.

The matter is still under investigation, but the police do not have any suspects and do not have security camera footage to help with identification, Evans said.

The second incident happened Friday morning, and ended with the arrest of a Ferriday man.

Eric B. Hunter, 29, 200 Smith Lane, Apt. 7, was arrested on charges of simple battery, aggravated assault, resisting an officer and resisting an officer by flight.

Police responded to a call Hunter had allegedly punched another individual in the face, Ferriday Police Chief Richard Madison said.

When the officer responded to the scene and made contact with Hunter, he was allegedly uncooperative, Madison said.

Hunter then allegedly picked up a stick and tried to strike the officer, Madison said.

“When he picked up the pole and tried to hit the officer, that automatically made it aggravated assault,” Madison said.

The officer had to use non-lethal force to subdue Hunter, Madison said.

Hunter was held on a $1,374 bond Friday.

Graham’s management was not available for comment Friday evening.