Three teenagers wanted for armed robbery, burglary

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 15, 2009

NATCHEZ — Natchez Police Department officials said they are searching for seven teens in connection with several robberies and burglaries over the past two months.

Two teenagers have already been arrested for their alleged involvement with an armed robbery of a bartender outside of The Talk of the Town Saturday night.

Jovanti D. Barnes, 16, 2-A Garden St., and Carlton Johntrell Hoggatt, 18, 225 School St., Ocean Springs, were both charged with robbery with a deadly weapon.

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The two teenagers allegedly demanded money from the bartender, and shot at her with a shotgun as she began to run away.

Police Chief Mike Mullins and Sgt. Craig Godbold said they believe the same males were involved in the robbery of a pizza delivery man on Dec. 27.

The police report states that the victim was delivering pizzas on Fifth Street when four males with guns approached him and demanded his money.

The victim reportedly gave $20 in cash and three pizzas to the suspects dressed in black and red wearing ski masks.

The suspects then ran away.

Godbold said it is believed one suspect was involved with a strong-armed robbery on Monday.

Jumar Jackson, 16, 5 Tyler Circle, has been identified as a suspect in an incident in which a man was allegedly punched in the throat at Cedar Hurst Apartments, knocking him to the ground.

The report states that after the victim fell, the suspect went through his pockets and took $80.

Police believe the pack of teenagers is also involved in the burglary of a Rembert Street residence on Monday in which a gun was taken, the burglary of a vehicle on Jan. 4 in which a handgun was taken, a burglary of a residence on Jan. 3 on Rembert Street in which a shotgun was taken, the burglary of a residence Jan. 3 on East Franklin Street., and a burglary of a vehicle on East Franklin Street in which $600 cash was taken.

Warrants for armed robbery and burglary have been issued for Jackson, Jamar Carradine, 17, 204 Dumas Drive and Gerald Davis, 15, No. 11 Fifth St.

While the suspects are minors, they will be tried as adults, Godbold said.

“If any juvenile is involved in a violent crime such as armed robbery, they’ll be charged as an adult,” Godbold said.

Police suspect the remaining two teens are out of town.

The Natchez Police Department are offering rewards for anyone with information of the suspects’ whereabouts. Tips can be called in to CrimeStoppers at 601-442-5000.