Accused robbers headed to court

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, November 27, 2007

NATCHEZ — Two suspects in a home invasion-robbery earlier this month will be arraigned this morning.

Sheriff Ronny Brown said the victims, an elderly couple, were tied and physically assaulted while their home was burglarized.

Arrested on Wednesday night, Anthony C. Day, 18, and Randy Minor, 24, are both being charged with armed robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and kidnapping.

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Maj. Jody Waldrop said on Nov. 17 Day and Minor, wearing bandanas over their faces, knocked on the door of an elderly couple in the Morgantown area.

When the woman opened the door the men, one brandishing a firearm, shoved their way into the front door.

The elderly woman told authorities she opened the door because she was expecting a relative.

Once inside the two men bound the couple with tape then beat and robbed them.

Waldrop said that neither of the homeowners required medical attention as a result of the assault.

Once the duo was done they left the couple tied-up inside the house.

The woman was able to free herself and call for help.

Brown said that the fact that the couple was tied-up and assaulted makes the crime especially disturbing.

“When they left them like that (tied) anything could have happened to them,” he said. “Who knows how long they could have stayed like that.”

However Brown said both of the men could be facing life sentences for their role in this crime.

And because the men assaulted an elderly couple they are eligible for more lengthy sentences.

In the robbery, Waldrop said, the men stole an undisclosed amount of cash and property from the home.

Acting on an anonymous tip Waldrop was able to locate the men on Wednesday.

Waldrop said that the men were in possession of property and evidence that linked them to the seen of the crime.

And neither man, authorities say, is a stranger to crime.

Waldrop said the two can be linked to several other robberies over the last month.

In fact Day is under indictment and was out on for his role in helping a man escape from a Franklin County jail in May.

“We’re just happy to get these two off the streets,” Brown said.