Devon Collins, 19, of Sawyer Road, and Demarquez Williams, 18, of Wick Street, are each charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the Sunday night robbery of a man at the intersection of North Polk Street and Highway 2, said Detective Capt. Ralph Dance.
Bond was set at $50,000 for each subject. Collins is being held at the Alcorn County Jail while Williams is being held in Tishomingo County.
The suspects were taken into custody over the last couple of days.
“We are still actively working on the second armed robbery right now,” said Dance. “We do not know and cannot say if there is any connection to the rape case at the park.”
Detectives developed information that the two were involved in the case and Williams was picked on a warrant at a South Parkway residence Thursday afternoon for a drug offense. He is also charged with sale of a controlled substance stemming from a recent undercover purchase of narcotics.
The two men allegedly approached the victim’s car at North Polk and Highway 2 around 8 p.m. Sunday, one pulling a gun. They had him drive to a wooded area where they robbed him and shot him in the leg.
The firearm has not been recovered, but Dance said it appears the same gun was also used in the second armed robbery of a man on Wick Street about 1 a.m. Monday. He was approached by two black males and a black female.
The victim, who remains hospitalized, was not able to provide much description to police. One shot grazed his face and another hit his leg.
In the rape case, Dance said the department is waiting for information from the crime lab.
He commended the work of Detectives Heather Glass, Fred Serio and Dell Green on the cases.