Robbery Becomes Suspected Hostage Situation At Biloxi REX Store

Biloxi Police responded to a third party call that upon opening for business, the manager of the Rex store on Pass Road was confronted by two would-be robbers.

"The third party that reported it was a relative of an employee that was inside the building advising that he was being robbed," says Biloxi Police Department Public Information Officer Jackie Rhodes. "He advised his relative that he had locked the suspects inside the store and he was locked in the bathroom."

Armed only with that small amount of information, Biloxi Police surrounded the area and prepared to enter. Nearby store owners and customers nervously watched and waited.

"I went to assess the situation outside and he said we needed to lock the doors," says Curtis Gasper, Assistant Manager of Mississippi Music. "We didn't really know at that time what was going on."

But Gasper and his customers wound up with a front row seat as the department's special response team made their move.

"We were able to look out the windows and see everything going on, the police and all around the building," says Gasper.

As response team members entered a rear door, officers out front order the suspected robbers inside to drop their weapons and come out with their hands up. But all they found was store manager Tice Parker, still locked inside the bathroom.

"The only one found inside the building was the victim," says Rhodes. "He appeared to be unhurt, uninjured. He's currently being questioned."

The victim says there were two suspects, but could only describe one of them. He is described as a white male, 5'10" to 5'11", with a light colored beard, and dressed completely in black clothing.

The investigation continues into how the suspects got in and out of the store, but police say that up to 10 plasma and LCD televisions and two DVR recorders were missing. If you have any information, you are asked to call Biloxi Police at (228) 392-0641.