After a story ran in the Daily Journal last month with pictures of Tupelo’s top five fugitives, two of the men were arrested in less than a week.
Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton has decided to solicit the public’s help again to find the rest of the men and two new fugitives on the list.
Head of Detectives Capt. Chuck Bunn said the faces will be put on the digital boards located at Crosstown, South Green Street and at North Gloster Street and Barnes Crossing Road.
“The public really stepped up and helped us get two of our fugitives off the streets last month and we are going to be calling on them to help more often now,” said Bunn. “The citizens know what’s going on in their neighborhoods and are willing to help. So putting the faces of these people out there is a big help.”
The billboard space was donated by Lamar and Transport Trailer, owners of the digital signage.
Carleton said he wanted to make public participation in solving crime a top priority when he was appointed to the position in January.
“We are planning on running these faces every day until they are caught,” he said. “As they are brought in we’ll check them off and add more faces to the billboards.”
Last month police arrested Robert Gardner, 26, who was wanted for exposure to HIV after allegedly knowingly giving the disease to people. They also arrested William Pannell, 57, wanted for embezzlement. Both men had been fugitives for more than a year.
Police are still looking for Rogelio Sanchez Roman, 40, charged with sexual battery in 2008; Adam Harris, 40, wanted for burglary and larceny; and Lavontay Harris, 19, also wanted for burglary and larceny.
Recently added to the list were Justin L. Williams, 28, and Tamika M. Holmes, 31, both charged with burglary and larceny.
Anyone with information about any of these suspects should Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-8477.