Marshall County Neighbors Detain Suspects After Elderly Man Is Robbed

(Marshall County, MS) Marshall County neighbors took a stand against crime after an elderly man is robbed in broad daylight Monday.

Robbers committed their crime on a dead-end road, and when they tried to flee, one good neighbor used some powerful persuasion to force them to stop.

The first thing you see when you turn onto Ponderosa Drive in Marshall County is a sign that reads “Dead End.”

“When you go down so far, you just have to make a circle and come back,” said Joy Beesinger.

She’s lived on Ponderosa Drive for more than 15 years.

Beesinger said robbers must have driven past the Dead End sign Monday when they used their car to force an elderly man, who lives on Ponderosa, to pull his car to stop in the middle of the road.

The man was returning from the store when another man reached into the victim’s car and got his wallet.

Beesinger thinks maybe the robbers saw the man in a nearby store.

“Apparently they had seen him with money in his wallet and thought, ‘ok, he’s an old man, this will be easy.’ Well, he picked the wrong neighborhood,” said Beesinger.

After the 20-year-old suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet, he and his female accomplice sped down the dead-end road.

But they quickly turned around and headed back to what they thought was freedom.

Rick Thomas, who moments earlier heard all the commotion right outside his house, had different plans for the pair.

While neighbors blocked the road with the victim’s car, Thomas, a mountain of a man, picked up his 30-06 deer rifle and stood his ground.

“And as he was coming back, I was out there and stopped him right out there in front of the driveway,” said Thomas.

To no one’s surprise, the driver did stop.

And while Thomas kept his deer rifle on them, another neighbor grabbed some zip-ties and bound the suspect’s hands until deputies could arrive.

The good news is the victim wasn’t hurt and got his wallet back.

It turns out the suspect had already been in trouble with the law.

“He had an ankle bracelet on, yea. Hadn’t been out, from the way I understood from the deputies, he hadn’t been out of jail very long at all,” said Thomas.

Thomas said he doesn’t consider himself a hero, just someone willing to stand up for his neighbors and stand up against criminals.

“I don’t know…it just seemed like the right thing to do,” said Thomas.

Marshall County investigators charged Antonio Dowdy and Jessica Holbert from Lamar, Miss., with robbery.


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