Ripley man assaults, robs 65-year-old woman in her home


Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

RIPLEY – A 65-year-old Ripley woman was slowly recovering from injuries she received when someone broke into her home Sunday, assaulted and robbed her at gunpoint, and then fled in her car.

Clarence A. Booker Jr., 36, of Hensley Street, Ripley, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering and grand larceny.

The victim, Margaret Renfrow, and Booker both attend West Ripley Baptist Church, but neither was at church Sunday.

Renfrow's son was notified when she failed to show up for work at E.W. James later in the day Sunday, Ripley Police Chief Bert Conely said.

Her son notified police, who checked the residence about 8:30 p.m., found it secure and noticed that Renfrow's vehicle was gone. There was no sign of foul play, Conely said.

When Renfrow's son arrived at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, he unlocked the door and found his mother on the floor, semi-conscious.

She had multiple cuts to her head and neck and other injuries to her head, Conely said.

She was flown to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

A witness reported seeing Renfrow's vehicle leaving the residence at about 7:30 or 8 a.m. Sunday, Conely said.

After finding the injured woman, police put out an alert for her Ford Expedition.

Booker was arrested in Germantown, Tenn., about 1:20 a.m. Monday and charged with resisting arrest and a misdemeanor drug offense.

He was out on bond at the time of the crime on another burglary charge. He was to have appeared in Tippah County Circuit Court Monday on that charge.

Booker was being held on a $200,000 bond.

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