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2 arrested in armed robbery on Mississippi College campus

Corey Gillespie and Conessia Samuel   Source: Clinton PD Corey Gillespie and Conessia Samuel Source: Clinton PD
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Suspects' car   Source: Clinton PD Suspects' car Source: Clinton PD
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Clinton Police Department has arrested two people in connection with Friday evening's armed robbery on the campus of Mississippi College. A third person of interest in the crime is being sought for questioning.

Twenty-three year old Corey Gillespie Booth of Jackson has been charged with armed robbery and is in  jail with bail set at $500,000.

Twenty-one year old Conessia Samuel of Jackson has been charged with accessory after the fact. She has been booked with a $250,000 bail.

Two female students were walking from their dorm to a nearby parking lot around 9:40 p.m. when they were approached by a black male. Officials said the man took personal belongings of both women.

The two students were able to escape without injury.

Around 9:50 p.m. suspects pulled into the parking lot of Murphy's Express, located at 2709 Greenway Drive in Jackson in front of the Wal-Mart. The suspects attempted to use a stolen credit/debit card at the gas station and attempted to withdraw money from an ATM in the parking lot of the gas station.

Clinton Police Chief Michael Warren told us tips from the public helped officers make the arrests.

"The video of the suspect vehicle and the suspects aired, we started getting information a little bit at a time," said Chief Warren. "Detectives just continued to work that and follow that. They were able to develop these two people as valid suspects and collect enough evidence to get them charged in this case."

Mississippi College leaders welcomed the arrests but say they will continue to take additional action to protect students. 

Vice President for Enrollment Services, Jim Turcotte, released the following statement:

"Safety is the primary concern on all of our minds. Every day we talk about the safety of our students.  This fall and for the remainder of the academic year, Mississippi College will put a greater focus on education efforts to help students become better informed on a number of safety issues.  From discussions  on safety topics at Blue and Gold meetings with MC freshmen and additional information sessions at residence halls, the university will increase their activities on a number of fronts. Clinton police are also expected to step up patrols of the 320 acre campus. We will do more education going forward and double down on efforts to make students more aware of their surroundings."

An armed robbery at the 5,063-student university is a rare occurrence, and school officials believe it is the first such incident on campus in more than seven years.  

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