Pontotoc man charged with armed robbery

TUPELO – A Pontotoc man was arraigned on an armed robbery charged Thursday afternoon in the Lee County Justice Court.

Billy J. Staten, 34, of Pontotoc, was charged with armed robbery Wednesday afternoon after, authorities allege, he took the vehicle of an elderly Palmetto Road man at knife point.

The vehicle’s owner alleges he was giving Staten a ride when the knife was pulled.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said Staten was found in Pontotoc County shortly after the robbery was reported when the Mississippi Highway Patrol worked an accident involving Staten and the vehicle.

Staten’s bond was set at $100,000.