Man accused of trying to take car at knifepoint



By Lynn West

New Albany Gazette

NEW ALBANY – A Memphis man was arrested in Union County on Wednesday, accused of trying to take a car at knifepoint.

Jerry Martize Mason, 40, is charged with attempted armed robbery, and his bond was set at $50,000.

Police investigator Jeff Chism said the incident happened about 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Kangaroo on Highway 15 South.

According to Chism, a local woman walked out the front door of the store where she was confronted by a black male who asked for her car keys.

“She said no, and he produced a knife and asked again,” Chism said. “She turned and ran into the store and called police.”

Officers arrived quickly and set up a perimeter and later found the suspect at the Pilot Truck Stop across the street. The knife used in the alleged robbery attempt was also recovered, Chism said.

The suspect was apparently just dropped off in New Albany and had no ties here as far as officers can determine. They were still looking into his background as of Wednesday afternoon.

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