GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police have made an arrest in relation to a string of armed robberies that have kept the city on high alert overt the past week.
According to Sgt. Damon McDaniel, Rinaldo Eugene Norris, Jr., 30, is accused of robbing two Subway restaurants and one Papa John's pizza restaurant at gunpoint. Kezia Latanya Jefferson, 36, is accused of driving the getaway vehicle used in the Papa John's robbery.
McDaniel said the investigation was launched after the first Subway restaurant, located on 25th Ave., was robbed on Friday, March 11. The second Subway, located on Pass Rd., was robbed four days later.
The investigation produced results after police responded to an armed robbery at the Papa John's restaurant on Pass Rd. just before 8 p.m. Thursday. McDaniel said Norris went into the restaurant with a handgun and took cash from employees before leaving the scene on foot.
Officers were eventually able to find and arrest Norris, according to McDaniel. The getaway vehicle that was seen driving away from the scene was later located, and that's when Jefferson was arrested.
McDaniel said witnesses from all three incidents described a black man wearing a mask and dark clothing robbing the businesses with at gunpoint. Investigators determined Norris was the suspect they had been looking for in relation to the Subway robberies.
Norris is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $300,000 bond for three counts of armed robbery. Jefferson was given a bond of $20,000 for one count of armed robbery. She has since bonded out.