STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - With one suspect out on bond and another on the run in the vicious beating of a Stone County man, authorities said there is concern about possible attempts to intimidate the victim and his family. Deputies are still looking for 36-year-old Makram Bush, who has been deemed armed and dangerous.
Authorities said Bush is one of four suspects accused of luring a man under the pretense of wanting to buy car parts then robbing and pistol whipping him to the point that he is believed to have suffered extensive brain damage.
Meanwhile, two of the other suspects appeared in court on Wednesday.
One day after appearing on WLOX News as a wanted man, James Youngblood made his initial appearance in Stone County Justice Court. Youngblood, who lives in Lumberton, surrendered at his local police department.
"I went to Lumberton, Mississippi, and picked Mr. Youngblood up and brought him back to Stone County," said Lt. Ray Boggs, of the Stone County Sheriff's Department," Mr. Youngblood said he'd seen the clip and decided it was in his best interest to turn himself in."
Youngblood, Todd Adams and Nigel Bush have all appeared before a judge on robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault charges, but investigators said that could change.
"It takes time with an investigation of this magnitude, but we don't want to close that window because it was vicious. He was bound. If the investigation shows they had intent on actually killing him, we will charge them with attempted murder," Boggs said.
Deputies said because of the violent nature of the crime, they'll feel better once Makram Bush is captured.
"As long as he's out there, the public still stands a chance of this happening," said Boggs. "Mr. Bush, I wouldn't say he's the ringleader of the group, but he's the older one and what I can tell from my investigation, these guys kind of look up to him. So anybody that sees him should always be cautious."
When the judge set bonds for Youngblood, Adams and Nigel Bush, he ordered the suspects have no contact with the victim or his family.
"Intimidation is a factor when it comes to a crime of this nature. Just driving by a person's house and them seeing you could intimidate them into maybe changing their testimony or put fear in them or their family that this might happen again. That's why the judge uses these special circumstances during their bond so if they bond out they will not attempt to contact them in any kind of way," Boggs said.
Judge Jeffrey O'Neal set bond for James Youngblood at $130,000. The judge initially set bond for Todd Adams at $130,000 during his initial appearance last week, but lowered it to $30,000 at a bond reduction hearing on Wednesday. Nigel Bush made his initial appearance last week and is out on bond.
Authorities need your help finding his brother, Makram Bush. If you have any information please call Crimestoppers at 877-787-5898.