The Corinth Police Department on Friday wrapped up the charging of three armed robbery suspects stemming from the holdup at Culver’s Grocery and the long pursuit across north Mississippi that followed.
As Deputy Mackie Sexton dropped by the store at Wenasoga Road and Shiloh Road around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, he encountered the robbery in progress, leading to the pursuit. Many law enforcement agencies became involved in the chase and the search that followed at Piperton, Tenn.
Corinth Police Department Capt. Dell Green said those charged with armed robbery are Andrew Terrell Walker, 28, who gave an Allen Street address in Corinth but carried an identification card with an Indianola address; Charles Cordell Williams, 31, of Memphis; and David Cordell Brown, 30, of Greenville.
The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department will file felony fleeing charges against the driver.
Green said Brown and Williams were out on bond in a capital murder case out of Washington County. Brown waived extradition on Thursday and was transported to Corinth, where he was charged on Friday. Williams had already been returned to Corinth.
Sheriff Ben Caldwell said Deputy Sexton saw one of the men outside as he arrived at the store.
“He said he looked suspicious because he ran toward the door and then ran back away from the door,” said Caldwell.
Then the other two men, one wearing a mask, came running out the door. Walker fled on foot and was apprehended shortly after in the West Corinth area. The other two men hopped in their vehicle and fled, with Sexton in pursuit.
The long chase headed west on Highway 72 until Marshall County deputies deployed stop sticks, blowing out one of the tires on the suspects’ vehicle. They traveled another quarter to half mile, crossed the state line and finally went down an embankment into a corn field, where the two fled the vehicle.
Caldwell said one was captured about 7:30 in the corn field and the other about 10:30 to 11 p.m. in a wood line near the field with the assistance of a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter. Other agencies involved included the sheriff’s departments from Tippah, Benton, Marshall, Fayette and Shelby counties; police departments from Piperton and Collierville, Tenn.; and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Green said one firearm was recovered at the scene and a second was found in the vehicle. One of the men held a gun on the clerk during the robbery.
The men left the store with a money bag which was thrown from the vehicle and recovered at Martin’s Crossing. The bag was empty but money believed to be from the store was recovered from one of the suspects, according to Green.
Caldwell commended Sexton for his quick action at the scene and expressed appreciation to the many agencies involved in the situation.
He is relieved that no one was injured.
“Everything went as good as it could go,” said Caldwell.