Teen already awaiting trial charged with armed robbery

Published 12:01 am Monday, July 18, 2016

NATCHEZ — A Natchez teen already awaiting trial for his alleged role in a deadly robbery has been arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in a separate case.

Emanuel C. Latham Jr., 17, 8 Hampton Court, was booked Sunday into the Natchez City Jail on charges of two counts armed robbery and one count aggravated assault.

Natchez Police Chief Daniel White said Latham allegedly struck a woman in the forehead with a pistol June 13, before taking her purse, which contained a phone and a significant amount of cash. The suspect also allegedly took a cell phone and money from a man who was with the woman.

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The incident happened on Caddo Street.

Another suspect, Frederick Hunt, was previously arrested in connection with the incident.

Latham is currently awaiting trial for his alleged role in a December 2014 robbery turned fatal shooting of 16-year-old Jessie Taylor Jr.

At the trial of his co-defendant — Eddie Minor Jr. — Latham testified that Minor had given him a gun and instructed him to follow his lead after Taylor approached them asking to buy drugs.

Latham told the court that after robbing Taylor, Minor fired a shot at a fleeing Taylor, who in turn returned fire using a gun he was carrying. Latham said he started firing as well after a bullet passed his head.

Taylor was struck during the exchange and died later that evening.

The trial against Minor ended in a hung jury. He will be tried again Aug. 11.

Latham’s trial in that matter is set for Aug. 17.