RIPLEY – The county’s first Crime Stoppers case is the shooting death of Brian Little at his County Road 512 residence Monday, Jan. 26.
Deputies found Little’s body inside the mobile home.
Witnesses reported two white males fleeing Little’s mobile home in a 2007 silver Nissan. The car was found abandoned about eight miles away.
The vehicle was owned by a female acquaintance of Little’s. Investigators said Little and the woman came back to the mobile home that night. Two masked suspects in the home then tied up the woman in a bedroom. Witnesses heard two gunshots, and then the two men left the scene in the Nissan.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc., at 1-800-773-tips. Callers aren’t asked their names, and no caller ID is used. The group’s website is www.crimestoppersNEMS.com
Earlier this month, county supervisors voted to add $1 per misdemeanor fine in Justice Court cases to fund the program.
The sheriff said at that time he hopes the program will help produce breaks in what he called a series of high-priority unsolved cases. They include eight homicides – the most recent of which was the Little case – as well as a fire which heavily damaged Blue Mountain Elementary School and a burglary at the county shop, both of which happened last year.
The Crime Stoppers program has several characteristics. It:
–Pays the cost of taping television re-enactments of unsolved crimes.
–Updates on-line information about crimes.
–Sponsors a twice-yearly law enforcement breakfast.
–Places Crime Stoppers signs in communities and neighborhoods.
In other news from the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department:
A Tippah County man cut during a fight was charged with drug possession after cocaine was found on his person while he was being treated for his injuries at Tippah County Hospital, according to Tippah County Investigator Jason Willis.
Willis said Aaron Harden, 18, of Ripley, is charged with possession of controlled substance. He is being held without bond since he was out on a felony bond at the time of this arrest, according to county records.
Willis said Harden and William Jenkins got into an altercation Friday, April 3, at Harden’s mother’s residence on County Road 503, Ripley.
Willis said Harden threatened Jenkins with a boxcutter. Jenkins took the boxcutter away from Harden and cut him in self-defense, the deputy said.
Harden was transported to Tippah County Hospital for treatment of several lacerations on his upper torso. The cocaine was found in his pocket as he was being transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
The altercation between Harden and Jenkins produced no other charges. The case has been turned over to the Tippah County Grand Jury, Willis said.
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