By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Oxford police made arrests of suspects in both a robbery and several burglaries.
Three Olive Branch residents have been arrested in connection with an attack on an Oxford resident, and three others have been arrested in connection with burglaries.
Brandon Houston, 19, was arrested Monday, and Jamal Mims, 18, and Malique Alleyen, 19, all of Olive Branch, were arrested Tuesday and charged with strong-arm robbery. The alleged victim identified the three as his attackers, saying they had beaten him and taken his clothes, phone and wallet.
Bond was set for each at $1,500.
University of Mississippi spokesman Danny Blanton confirmed that all three are enrolled at the university.
In a different case, Labeb Haimed, age unavailable, of Oxford, was charged Sunday night with possession of stolen property after police say he was found with a laptop computer that had been stolen a few hours earlier from a home on Martin Luther King Drive. Bond was set at $5,000.
In yet another case, Jessie Hill, 28, of Oxford, was charged Monday night with auto burglary. Police identified an iPhone that Hill allegedly brought into a convenience store on South Lamar as the one earlier stolen from a car on Johnson Avenue. Hill’s bond was set at $10,000, but he also has a hold with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Anthony Owens, 21, of Oxford, was charged with accessory in the same case. Police say he drove Hill to the convenience store to sell the phone and other electronics. Police are investigating whether any other stolen items were among those being offered.
Oxford Police Chief Joey East said spring break, which begins Friday for Ole Miss students, is typically a time when Oxford experiences a rash of burglaries.
East urged students, faculty members and anyone else leaving town for several days to “take home whatever they can, especially electronics and guns and other valuable and easily carried items.”
He urged having mail and papers, including door-hanger advertisements, collected by a trusted neighbor.
Residents who will be out of town may also notify the police department at (662) 232-2400 to have their house checked by patrol officers.