Five arrested for beating, robbing elderly Moss Point couple

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Five teens are now under arrest in connection with the brutal attack and robbery of a Moss Point couple. Police said 78-year-old Harold Stirewalt and his 60-year-old wife Katherine were beaten Tuesday evening by the teens.

Friday evening, 19-year-old Reginal Earl McKinney turned himself in to police. Also under arrest are 17-year-old Marcus Nettles, 18-year-old Robyn Bradley, and 17-year-old Walter Stewart, all of Moss Point. A juvenile is also in custody.

All five are charged with breaking and entering an occupied dwelling. Police say additional charges will be filed once they find out who played what role in the crime.

"It was a senseless crime and it was uncalled for. These people were in the comfort of their own home trying to eat their dinner, and all of sudden they have a home invasion."

Moss Point Chief Sheila Smallman stopped by Harold and Katherine Stirewalt's home to deliver the good news of Friday's arrests. The couple was thrilled.

"In a matter of two days, y'all got four of the five. We couldn't ask for better odds," Katherine Stirewalt said Friday afternoon.

"I am very pleased they got them so quick," Harold Stirewalt said.

Chief Smallman said thanks to the victims, police were able to find one of the suspects in a short time - 18-year-old Robyn Bradley.

"Robyn Bradley, she was an ex-girlfriend of the grandson.  After the interview with Robyn Bradley, we received additional information. We are able to get names and locations of the other four people involved."

The couple said they've had countless problems with Bradley at their home over the years, but they never thought she would she would try to hurt them.

"Trespassing, we had trespassing charges against her," Harold Stirewalt said.

"I told my grandson she was no good. She was scum," Katherine Stirewalt said.

The Stirewalts said knowing the suspected assailants are behind bars is a big relief.

"I was sleeping better after they got the girl. Now, since they got the rest of them, I will be sleeping good."

Chief Smallman said additional charges will be filed now that all of the suspects are in custody. Police also recovered most of the Stirewalts' stolen valuables.

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