Suspects sought in Ripley armed home invasion

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY—Ripley police are seeking two armed men who broke into a Ripley residence Friday evening, tied up the family, and robbed the man before leaving, Ripley Police Chief Scott White said Monday afternoon.

Chief White said it was the first armed home invasion in Ripley he could recall in at least 10 years. Those with information are asked to call police at 837-2215 or Crimestoppers of North Mississippi at 1-800-773-TIPS(8477) .

Police Investigator Scott Watson said one of the two men knocked on the door of the 103 Westwood residence of Ricky Selmer and Connie Keenum about 9:30 p.m. and asked for Selmer. The man’s back was to Keenum, who had answered the door. She closed the door and got her husband.

When Selmer appeared, the man was wearing a mask and produced a pistol. He and a second man brandishing a shotgun forced the couple and their 12-year old daughter into the den and tied them up. Both men were wearing hooded sweatshirts, and had on masks and gloves. One robber struck Selmer once in the head with the pistol, but caused no serious injuries.

The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from Selmer, but took no other cash or valuables. The two robbers took the family’s cell phones, told them to stay down, and drove away in a car. No shots were fired during the robbery.

Family members untied themselves, climbed out a window and drove to the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department to notify authorities.

No other information about the suspects was available.