FBI gets new lead; officer improving

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By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The FBI believes the same person involved in Monday’s armed robbery and shooting also attempted to rob a bank in Atlanta the same day.

FBI Special Agent Daniel McMullen said Friday night it appears the same man attempted to rob a Bank of America that morning and then traveled to Tupelo where he robbed a BancorpSouth about 3:15 p.m.

Sgt. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, and Officer Joseph Maher, 27, were shot by a fleeing suspect when responding to the robbery call.

Stauffer was laid to rest on Friday while Maher was slowly improving from his critical wounds.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Maher’s wife reported he has greatly improved over the past two days and was able to walk some with assistance on Friday. He was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit into a private room at North Mississippi Medical Center.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, FBI and other law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate, and no charges have been filed in the case.

Also on Friday, the FBI upped its portion of the reward money from $50,000 to $100,000. That brings the total amount to $202,500 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information about the robbery suspects or anyone who was in the area of BancorpSouth and Atlanta Bread Company on South Gloster Street between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday is encouraged to call the FBI hotline at (800) 225-5324.

jb.clark@journalinc.com

  • Will Mac

    Reference to statement in your article …….. HE was high and
    frustrated enough after failed robbery in atlanta,georgia @10 am monday
    to drive FROM ATLANTA STRAIGHT TOWARD BIRMINGHAM (I-20),ALABAMA AND THEN
    FROM BIRMINGHAM TO TUPELO,MISSISSIPPI(HIGHWAY

    78 FROM BIRMG.) .taking the shortest distance BACK out of state of
    mississippi after tupelo robberies /shooting(avoiding caputure inside
    state after shootings) which was back to the east toward atlanta
    ,georgia which is area of his most recent residence…THAT BANK IN
    ATLANTA WAS PICKED FOR A REASON AND WAS IT HIS FIRST?WHY ? CAUSE HE HAS A
    CONNECTION TO IT AND THAT AREA ? …ATLANTA HAS A BIG CAR AUCTION AND
    CAR RENTAL MARKET…DID HE STOP AT OTHER GAS /RETAIL STORES IN THAT CAR
    BETWEEN ATLANTA TO TUPELO MONDAY OR ON THE WAY BACK STOPPING TO GATHER
    SENSES ,TREAT INJURIES IF ANY,EAT OR GET
    ANYTHING FROM A STORE ….LONG STRETCH BACK AND FORTH …..HE’S
    CONNECTED IN THAT ATLANTA AREA>>…..unique accent,(did atlanta
    bank /atm customer say the man had unique accent or plain ole
    english)?,left handed,suspect vehicle is rental or auction car-dodge
    stratus ? ,first known target was atlanta ,georgia,bank, chuck
    taylor/converse shoes,clothes worn look like a big retail chain
    buy,…CHECK ATLANTA AREA ARRESTS LATELY ANYONE FIT THE PICS OF MALE IN
    PHOTO @STORES OR OTHER STORES WITH ARREST/ BOOKING PHOTO’S …WHAT ABOUT
    IMMIGRATION PHOTO’S ….HE’S IN THAT AREA…………….HE HAD TO STOP
    FOR GAS,FOOD ,DRINKS ,FOOD ON THAT STRETCH (I-20, AND HIGHWAY 78) AND
    TO USE RESTROOMS FOR VIDEO SHOTS ……..WITHOUT THE SKI MASK
    ON!!!!!!!!!