Charges follow burglary stabbing cases

Several people face charges in unrelated cases involving a residential break-in and stabbing, according to Ripley and Tippah authorities. Capsule summaries of each case: – Jimmy W. Eaton, 34, of County Road 607, Ripley is free on bond after being charged with burglary of a residence, according to Tippah County Investigator Jason Willis. Eaton is charged with breaking into a County Road 548 residence while the residents were away. The burglary was discovered when the homeowners returned Sunday, April 26. Rings, bracelets and a watch were taken from the residence were recovered when a vehicle driven by Eaton was later stopped by deputy Josh Bateman in an unrelated matter, Willis said. – Courtney Collins, 19, of Blue Mountain is charged with aggravated assault after police said he stabbed another man during a fight in a Ripley tobacco store parking store parking lot Monday afternoon, April 27. Collins is being held without bond, since he was out on a felony bond in connection with a residential burglary in Benton County when he got into trouble Monday. Police Investigator Scott Watson said his investigation indicates that Collins stabbed Derwin Campbell, 29, of Holly Springs once in the left chest and once in the left triceps wiht a small knife. Campbell declined medical treatment for the wounds. “The stabbing was the result of an ongoing altercation between the two over a girl, who was with Campbell at the time. The altercation began in the county, and wound up in the parking lot. Witnesses said Campbell and the girl pulled up at the store and Collins jumped from the passenger side of the car. Witnesses said Collins hit the girl, who then hit him back. Following the fight between Collins and Campbell Collins jumped back in the car,and the driver took off,” Watson said. Police tried to find the small red car following witness’ directions but never sighted it. Collins was arrested by Blue Mountain police Wednesday night, April 29.

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