Clinton police have arrested two individuals connected to an attempted armed robbery, one of which was awaiting sentencing on a house burglary charge elsewhere in Hinds County.
A release from the Clinton Police Department states that Tuesday evening around 9 p.m., officers received a report of an attempted armed robbery and carjacking on Edgewood Place as the victim was getting home from the grocery store.
The suspect walked up to the woman and threatened her with a gun and demanded her keys and purse. The potential victim began tossing her groceries at the individual. The victim struggled with the suspect until her dog jumped out of the car and bit him. At that point he fled to a red Dodge Charger.
The victim immediately called police, and officers in the neighborhood identified the suspect vehicle quickly. Police arrested Jacorey Devonta Dillard, 19, and Quandarius Alonzo Elam, 18. Both men are from Jackson.
“I am grateful for the alert actions of this resident to protect her person and property and the mindfulness to quickly contact Clinton Police. This is a perfect example of residents and police working quickly to protect our city and catch criminals,” said Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher.
Dillard was charged with armed robbery and armed carjacking. Elam, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with armed robbery and armed carjacking. Both are currently in the Hinds County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
Elam was under court ordered ankle monitoring while awaiting sentencing on house burglary charges stemming from another jurisdiction in Hinds County.
“What is wrong with the monitoring system? Who is responsible for monitoring the criminals that are under supervision? Someone must be held accountable to prevent further residents of Clinton and the metro area from being victimized by criminals,” said Fisher.