Search for Vidalia armed robber continues

Published 12:03 am Friday, October 17, 2014

VIDALIA — Vidalia police are continuing to search for a man who allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint Tuesday morning behind a Vidalia business.

An employee of the AT&T store on Carter Street was throwing something away in the Dumpster behind the store at approximately 9:38 a.m. when an unknown man approached her and told her to give him all her stuff, Vidalia Police Department Lt. Frankie Carroll said earlier this week.

The employee apparently tried to give the suspect her purse, but he demanded a bank bag she was holding in her other hand, which contained receipts for the store and an undetermined amount of cash, Carroll said.

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The suspect fled the scene, first running down Cross Street and possibly getting into a green Jeep Cherokee that drove toward Ferriday, witnesses in the area said.

Vidalia Assistant Police Chief Bruce Wiley said the investigation into the armed robbery was ongoing, but that no developments had taken place as of Thursday.

“The investigator is talking with people and following leads,” Wiley said. “There is nothing new to release at this time.”

The suspect is described as an 18- to 20-year-old, 150-pound black male. Police say the suspect has no facial hair and has short to medium hair.

Wiley said he didn’t believe the armed burglary in Vidalia was connected to an attempted armed burglary in Natchez Tuesday night.

In that case, a Natchez man forced his way into a Dale Court house and threatened at gunpoint a 21-year-old woman and her 87-year-old grandfather.

George E. Byrd, who Natchez police arrested Wednesday night for the incident, reportedly hit the woman on the head with the butt of his gun before fleeing the scene.

Wiley said Byrd does not match the descriptions given by witnesses of the suspect involved in the Vidalia armed robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 318-336-5254. All calls can remain confidential.