Hed: Bank robbery suspect attempts suicide in Tupelo Jail

Hed: Bank robbery suspect attempts suicide in Tupelo Jail

TUPELO – A suspect in the robbery of a Deposit Guaranty National Bank branch earlier this week attempted to hang himself in the City Jail Wednesday.

Rodney Wilson, 26, of Memphis tied a bed sheet to a bar in his jail cell in a suicide attempt.

A jailer making his routine check of the jail found Wilson hanging in the cell and cut him down, said Capt. Russ Witt, Tupelo Police Department spokesman.

Wilson was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center for treatment and evaluation and was later returned to the jail.

A $2 million bond was set Tuesday for Wilson on an armed robbery charge.

Wilson and Tyrell Hardiman, 33, also of Memphis, are accused of holding up the Deposit Guaranty National Bank northside branch, located at 1012 N. Gloster St. across from Shoney’s Restaurant, and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in New Albany.

Both suspects were shot as they attempted to flee on foot after wrecking their getaway truck. Wilson was shot in the lower leg and Hardiman was shot in the hip.

Hardiman remained Wednesday at North Mississippi Medical Center. A police officer is posted outside his hospital room.

The FBI was looking Tuesday into whether Wilson and Hardiman may have been responsible for at least four other bank robberies committed this year in Mississippi – two in Oxford, one in Sentatobia, and another in Canton.

Officials said Wilson and Hardiman fit the descriptions of the suspects in all those robberies. The details of the robberies are also very similar, including the suspects leaving the bank in a stolen car then ditching it for a getaway vehicle parked nearby.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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