By David Howell
GRENADA – A Coffeeville man is back behind bars after allegedly robbing an 81-year-old woman at gunpoint early Sunday morning. Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Marcus Daniel Hoop, age 29, has been charged with armed robbery, felony taking of a car, grand larceny and felon in possession of a firearm after robbing his neighbor at gunpoint on County Road 212.
Hoop was taken into custody late Sunday afternoon by the Grenada Police Department following a day-long manhunt that also included law enforcement officers from Yalobusha County, Grenada County and Montgomery County. Hoop had just been released from the Yalobusha County Detention Center Friday afternoon after posting bond for an earlier charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
The trail started around 5:30 a.m., minutes after the crime occurred when the victim’s great-grandson, a Yalobusha County deputy who had just ended his shift, met her in his driveway as he was coming in for the night. Humphreys explained that the victim did not have a phone to call 911, as Hoop allegedly stole her cell phone along with jewelry. He also forced her to write a check before he left in one of her vehicles.
“We were only a step behind Hoop for much of the morning,” Humphreys said about the hunt. “I appreciate the assistance from all of the neighboring departments, even though it was a Sunday, these guys worked hard to get Hoop into custody.”
“We tracked him to a hotel in Grenada and missed him by a matter of minutes there,” Chief Deputy Jerry Ferguson added about the search.
The sheriff explained that tips throughout the day aided law enforcement in the hunt. The information included a credible sighting of Hoop at Walmart in Winona after the sheriff’s department requested help from the public via a Facebook post. The hunt ended peacefully around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the Grenada Police Department took Hoop into custody.
“He was walking down the road when they arrested him,” Humphreys said.
The sheriff also said Cody Dogan will be charged in Grenada County for his alleged involvement in the incident. Dogan was apprehended Sunday morning in the victim’s stolen car.
“Deputy Thomas West was working alongside a Grenada deputy in the search and actually spotted what he thought was the missing vehicle,” Humphreys said. A brief pursuit followed as Dogan fled in the stolen vehicle before he bailed out and ran through a neighborhood.
Humphreys said Dogan was taken into custody at a nearby house and faces multiple charges including felony fleeing and possession of stolen property. He is in custody at the Grenada County jail.
Hoop will not be able to bond out again, after a judge revoked his prevision bond on the earlier charge. If convicted in the latest charges, he could also be sentenced to life in prison without parole under the state’s habitual offender law, which is triggered if a person is convicted of any felon after two previous convictions, which one being for a violent offense, and having sentenced to serve at least one year in prison on each of the prior convictions.