By Brad Locke
VARDAMAN – Four men have been arrested and charged in the robbery of a Vardaman man.
Two of the four men allegedly kicked open the door and entered an elderly resident’s home at approximately 12:21 a.m. Sunday morning, choking him and taking his money while the other two suspects remained in their vehicle. The subjects who entered the house were wearing plastic bags over their heads.
All four men were arrested Sunday and Monday by multiple law enforcement agencies, according to Vardaman Police Chief Kenny Scott.
• Austen Martin, 18, of Houston, was charged with robbery and burglary of a dwelling.
• Dulany “Boomer” Collums, 20, of the Thorn community in Chickasaw County, was charged with robbery and burglary of a dwelling. He was on probation on a previous burglary charge, Scott said.
• Andrew Zeke Fowler, 18, of Tupelo, was charged with burglary of a dwelling.
• Christopher Dylan Haimes, 17, of Calhoun City, is being charged with burglary of a dwelling. He was on probation for a previous charged of robbing the same elderly victim, and at the time was adjudicated as an adult.
The suspects are being held in the Calhoun County Jail, awaiting arraignment. Their bonds have not been set.
Scott said the arrests were aided by the discovery of a cell phone that one of the suspects dropped at the scene.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun City Police and Houston Police all assisted Vardaman Police with the investigation.