By David Howell
Two Yalobushians are behind bars and facing charges for their alleged role in the brutal armed robbery of a Coffeeville man last October.
Coffeeville Police Chief Mark Martin reported that Quadero Crump, age 17, of Hwy. 51 in Oakland and Clifford Jackson, age 23, of Frank Street in Coffeeville, have each been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.
The arrests stem from an October 7 incident when G.H. Fly was assaulted
and robbed at his home on Tennessee Street.
“Although Mr. Fly was able to give us a general description of his two attackers, our real break in the case came when forensic evidence was used to link one of the suspects back to the crime scene,” Martin reported.
“We had been waiting to get these results back from lab.”
Martin also said he had been working closely with the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation during the investigation.
Crump was arrested at his home in Oakland on April 21 by Yalobusha deputies, Coffeeville police officers, Oakland police officers and agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. He was charged the following day. Jackson was arrested in Coffeeville after giving a statement to police.
The victim, a senior citizen, was severely beaten during the incident, according to Martin. Coffeeville Municipal Judge Rusty Harlow set bond during an initial appearance, held on April 22, at $100,000 for each of the men. They remain in custody in the Yalobusha County Jail.
Martin did not comment on the possibility of additional arrests in the case, but did report that numerous suspects had been interviewed in the course of the investigation.
“What I can tell the public, at this time, is that the investigation continues,” Martin told the Herald.
The charges against Crump and Jackson will be presented in the next grand jury session, which is scheduled on June 10 in Coffeeville.
Sheriff Lance Humphreys said that Jackson has an earlier conviction in Yalobusha County, dating back to early 2004, when he was convicted of being an accessory to a manslaughter.