Mom who foiled robbery: son deserves punishment

By The Associated Press

BRANDON — A mother who foiled her 22-year-old son’s alleged attempt to rob a convenience store says he deserves to be punished.

Brandon police said the suspect identified as 22-year-old Roy Lynn Mitchell placed a bag of chips on the counter Tuesday at a convenience store and displayed a gun when the clerk opened the cash register.

Surveillance video from the store showed a woman, later identified as Mitchell’s mother, Sharon Mitchell, running over to her son, snatching the gun from his hand and ordering him out of the store.

She initially asked the clerk not to call police. But the clerk did call police and the man was arrested.

Now, Sharon Mitchell tells the Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/PsRYgI), her son deserves punishment.

“I’m not going to hold him up in wrongdoing. He knew what he was doing,” Mitchell said Thursday in an interview at her Brandon apartment. “He should be punished. He could have gotten both of us killed.”

Mitchell was being held Thursday in the Rankin County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He is charged with armed robbery while using a deadly weapon, although the gun was later determined to be plastic.

“The fact that the gun was not real would not prohibit a charge of armed robbery if the victim believed the gun to be a real firearm,” Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest said Thursday.

Mandeep Singh, owner of the convenience store, said Thursday that the clerk had no way to know the gun wasn’t real.

“It put her life in fear,” Singh said.