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Investigators keep ears to ground for new leads on 2011 shooting

January 27, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are on the lookout for new evidence to make an arrest on a 2011 armed robbery gone awry, along with several burglaries from the same year.
At about 4 p.m. March 40, 2011, West Point Police Department officers were dispatched to Morgan Street in response to a possible armed robbery.
The victim, according to an incident report, reported to responding officers an individual had allegedly approached him with a firearm zeroed in on him.
Following the initial meet, the victim said the offender closed in on him and proceeded to point the firearm at his face. According to West Point Chief of Investigations Albert Lee, the alleged perpetrator demanded the victim give up his belongings. The report indicates the victim proceeded to give the alleged offender upward of $200 and his cellphone. The model of the cellphone is unknown.
Lee said the victim reported to officers there were two individuals seated outside in close vicinity of the incident, but upon questioning by police became moot in the overall investigation as they did not provide officers with any information.
The alleged robber's face, according to the victim, was veiled at the time of the incident.
"Whoever the offender was had to have known their way around that area," Lee said. "A lot of times when people see crime being committed they just neglect to get involved. ... You can't make them."
On down the line, at about 12:35 p.m. April 1, 2011, an individual filed a complaint at the WPPD headquarters regarding a possible auto burglary.
The victim was, according to Lee, at work in the plant at the time the alleged robbery took place.
Upon exiting the facility, according to the incident report, the victim entered his green 1994 GMC Yukon only to notice his black Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic pistol (serial number P1510868) had vanished from inside the vehicle.
The victim reported the car doors were unlocked.
On that same day at about 11 p.m., officers received a call regarding a possible auto burglary at an undisclosed gas station in West Point.
According to the report, the victim was inside the gas station at the time of the alleged robbery, but managed to see a black or blue Chevy (model unknown) pull up close to her vehicle. A black male, the victim said, finagled his way into the victim's vehicle and proceeded to nab her purse.
Lee said the purse contained personal effects, including her wallet, which contained her driver's license among other things.
According to Lee, the victim was from Starkville.

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