Five defendants have been sentenced for their part in a Ridgeland armed robbery and kidnapping in November of 2011. The five robbed a Sand Dollar Lifestyle employee as she was leaving the store to make a bank deposit.
Antonio Wallace - 34-year sentence after being found guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Demarcus Timmons - 32-year sentence after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.
Reginald Wallace - 30-year sentence after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.
Kimberly Gates - 20-years after she entered a plea of guilty to Robbery and Kidnapping; the last 10 years of her sentence were suspended.
Kenisa Rush Gates - 20-years after she entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery; the last 13 years of her sentence were suspended.
The victim says that she was leaving the store to take a deposit to the bank, when she was approached by a black male gunman wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The gunman forced her, at gunpoint, to drive to the Embassy Suite Hotel.
At the hotel, the gunman took the victim's keys, the bank deposit that contained over $7,600 in cash, and fled on foot.
A Crime Stoppers anonymous tip identified Demarcus Timmons as the gunman in the case. A criminal background check of Timmons showed previous arrests from Hinds County for car-jacking and armed robbery.
Ridgeland Police obtained a booking photograph and presented a lineup to the victim, who positively identified Timmons as the man who had kidnapped and robbed her.
The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Timmons in Jackson December 14 and Ridgeland Police got a search warrant for his cell phone.
During the search, officers located numerous text messages regarding the planning of the robbery. The messages enabled police to obtain arrest warrants for the remaining suspects in the case.
"The citizens of Madison and Hinds County should be extremely proud of the work of the Ridgeland Police Department," said Madison & Rankin Counties District Attorney Michael Guest. "Their investigation resulted in the arrest and prosecution of five people who were involved in a plot that led to an innocent victim being kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint. This case shows that if someone chooses to commit a violent offense in Madison County, law enforcement will not rest until they are hunted down and brought to justice."
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