Police hunt for fourth suspect in Pine Bluff Road home invasion

According to Sheriff Eddie Scott, investigators are looking for 41-year-old Dequan Dewayne 'Big Poppa' Upchurch on five counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary. He is thought to be in the Houston or Chickasaw County area.
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STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

The fourth suspect in a home invasion robbery and kidnapping last month has moved to the top of Clay County's 'Most Wanted' list.

According to Sheriff Eddie Scott, investigators are looking for 41-year-old Dequan Dewayne 'Big Poppa' Upchurch on five counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary. He is thought to be in the Houston or Chickasaw County area.

His son, 21-year-old Hakeem Upchurch is one of three people already arrested in connection with the Nov. 29 assault at a home on Pine Bluff Road in the Clay County section of Mantee in the western part of the county.

The younger Upchurch and fellow Chickasaw County residents Clarence Mitchell III, 22, and Emmett Buchanan, 43, remain in the Clay County Jail on $1,225,000 bonds.

Anyone with information of the older Upchurch should call the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 662-494-2896.

According to court proceedings and Scott, Roger Jones was outside his house on Pine Bluff Road when four people pulled up and demanded money at gunpoint. Investigators say they still are trying to clarify whether all the suspects were armed or just some of them.

Jones' wife, who was inside the house, heard the commotion in the yard and went to the door, drawing the attention of the suspects.

They forced the wife and four children -- ages 6 and 5 and 2-year-old twins -- at gunpoint into a closet in the rear bedroom of the brick home.

They made off with $1,150 and a cell phone, according to court documents.

The victims were able to give detectives the names of possible suspects.

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