By BRIAN HAWKINS
A fourth suspect in Sunday night's armed robbery of the New Lite Grocery/Shell convenience store was arrested early Tuesday afternoon, Starkville Police Department detectives say.
Sha'kil Harris, 20, of 513 Aztec St., remains jailed on a charge of armed robbery in the incident pending an initial appearance before Municipal Court Judge Rodney Faver for his bond to be set.
Harris joins Henry Lee Neal, 19; Derrick Lewis Hill, 15; of Darius Lee Kennard Hill, 16, as suspects in the robbery.
At 7:54 p.m. Sunday, SPD officers were notified by E-911 operators of an armed robbery in progress at the New Lite Grocery.
According to police reports, two suspects entered the store armed with a shotgun while customers were inside. Both were black males who attempted to cover their faces by wearing garbage bags over their heads, police say.
The suspects demanded money from the cashiers and took what police say was an "undetermined" amount of cash before fleeing the store on foot to a white getaway car parked nearby, eyewitnesses told police.
The suspect carrying the shotgun was described as a black male wearing blue jeans and a white hooded shirt. The other suspect — the one who grabbed the money from the store's cash registers — was a described as a black male with a heavier build and wearing darker clothing.
Acting on information provided by eyewitnesses to the robbery, responding SPD patrol officers quickly searched the immediate area around the store and located the white car the witnesses said on Chisholm Drive in Sunset Subdivision and stopped to conduct a field interview with the owner, said SPD detectives on Monday.
Officer soon discovered two others laying in the back seat of the white car in an attempt to hide from them. When police officers went to get the two out of the car, one of them and the car's owner tried to run away, but were apprehended by the officers after a short foot chase.
Police did confirm they are investigating whether the suspects may also be the same ones responsible for the Nov. 27 afternoon robbery of the Down the Hatch Deli/BP convenience store on Russell Street.
The suspects in that case have a similar description to those in Sunday's robbery at New Lite Grocery, based upon descriptions previously made public.
Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call Garnett at the Police Department at 323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.