By Davin Golden/Columbus Commercial Dispatch (MCT)
Two Aberdeen men were arrested in Monroe County after fleeing north on Highway 45 from the scene of an armed robbery at Creekstone Chevron in Columbus Tuesday afternoon.
Terry Walker, 36, of 611 Forrest St. No. 46 in Aberdeen; and Larry Bell, 58, of 200 Albert St. in Aberdeen, face charges of armed robbery after one of the men held a store clerk at gunpoint, according to police.
At around 4:40 p.m., one of the men entered the business at 3920 Highway 45 N. “with a rag or scarf on his head,” a Columbus Police Department press release reads. The store clerk asked him what was on his head, and “the male replied that he had hurt his head.”
The subject then went to the bathroom, went to the counter with a candy bar, placed it on the counter “and gave the attendant money to pay for said item,” the release continues.
The release states the man then produced a handgun and demanded all money be placed in a clear, plastic bag. The clerk followed the directions, and the man left with “an undetermined amount of money.”
The subject entered a red Pontiac Grand Am, which was occupied by another black male, and headed north on Highway 45 toward Monroe County.
Columbus police officers, Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers all pursued the vehicle. Authorities caught up just past the Monroe County line and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway just north of the Monroe County bridge.
The two subjects were taken into custody at around 4:50 p.m.
“It was a cooperative effort between all law enforcement parties involved,” Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Tuesday at the crime scene.
McQueen said Wednesday that after looking at video of the incident, he believes Walker entered the business and demanded the money at gunpoint.
The 911 caller who reported the incident followed the vehicle up the highway while reporting updates to the 911 operator, police said. The caller also told the 911 operator that one of the subjects threw a bag, believed to be filled with the stolen money, out of the vehicle along the highway. As of this morning, the bag of money had not been recovered, but some money that may have been taken from the robbery was recovered, along with a .38-caliber handgun.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the arrest.
Both men were transported to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.