Armed robbery suspects arrested

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NATCHEZ — Two 18-year-olds have been charged in connection with an armed robbery outside Zippy’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Charles Thomas Buchannan III, 203 N. Concord Ave., Natchez, and Demetric Vashon McKnight, 46 E. Oak Street, Natchez, allegedly robbed a male victim at gunpoint after the victim exited Zippy’s at approximately 11:45 p.m. Monday, Natchez Police Lt. Craig Godbold said.

“When (the victim) exited the store, (the suspects) were in his truck waiting on him,” Godbold said.

Once the victim was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint, the suspects exited the victim’s truck and fled the scene in a white Ford Contour.

The victim drove to his house and called the police. When police arrived, the victim offered a detailed description on the suspects.

“A few minutes later patrol was able to locate the getaway vehicle on North Concord Avenue,” Godbold said.

Officers arrested Buchannan and recovered a pistol from underneath the Ford Contour.

While officers attempted to apprehend McKnight, Buchannan kicked out the windows of the patrol car and attempted to escape, Godbold said.

Buchannan is charged with armed robbery and felony escape. McKnight is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon.

Both men are being held at the Natchez City Jail without bond.