Man robbed at gunpoint in yard, takes gun from suspect

Published 4:55 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2020

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man who was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening managed to commandeer the weapon away from the robber before the robber fled the scene, law officials said.

Natchez police have arrested one suspect, Davachi Rogers, 21, in relation to the incident that occurred Tuesday evening and are searching for the suspect who fled the scene.

According to a police report, officers responded to a call in the area of 150 block of Seargent S. Prentiss Drive at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The caller had reported that a person had been shot, the report states. However, officers who responded to the scene reported that they later learned no one had been shot but an armed robbery had just taken place.

A Facebook post from a woman who identified herself as the victim’s wife, said the incident occurred in her mother’s front yard. The woman would not comment for this story, saying the incident is still under investigation.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said the man was in a yard with his wife and mother-in-law when a man approached, pointed a gun at them and took the man’s wallet.

The man reportedly tussled with the suspect and took his gun away before the suspect jumped into a vehicle that had driven up and fled the scene.

Armstrong said an officer who was patrolling the area before the call went to dispatch saw the car driving recklessly at a high rate of speed and initiated a traffic stop.

After a short chase, the vehicle stopped and the driver and passenger reportedly attempted to flee on foot.

The driver of the car, Rogers, was taken into police custody and was charged with fleeing from law enforcement, carless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana and driving without a driver’s license.

Rogers was later charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection with the Tuesday evening incident.

The passenger of the vehicle had not been located as of Thursday afternoon and more arrests are possible, law officials said.

“The homeowner took a risky chance in responding the way that he did, but nevertheless his actions resulted in a good outcome,” Armstrong said. “We have the weapon and the vehicle and the driver and it is just a matter of time until we have the suspect.”

Armstrong said incidents of theft tend to rise during the holiday season and advised people to be on guard.

“This was a situation where apparently the suspect saw an opportunity and seized it but the table was turned when the homeowner decided to react as he did,” Armstrong said. “Theft crimes tend to go up this time of year. We encourage citizens to be observant of their surroundings.”

Law officials said anyone in the area of Roselawn that may have camera footage of the suspect fleeing on foot around the time of the incident should review their cameras and see if they have captured the suspect on video.

Those with information should contact the Natchez Police Department at 601-445-7541 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000 or 1-888-442-5001. Crime stoppers does not require the informant to leave their name but will assign them a code that will allow them to check on the status of their tip.

Only tips provided through Crime Stoppers that help lead to an arrest and conviction are eligible for a cash reward, law officials said in a news release.

“We (the community) need to get this suspect off of the streets,” the release states. “He has demonstrated that he is not afraid to use a weapon in the commission of a crime and should be considered dangerous. We are fortunate that no one was injured during this confrontation.”