Police Arrest Robbery Suspects After Witnesses Give Chase

An employee who police say helped plan the robbery of the store where he worked has been has been arrested along with another Gulfport man.

Jonathan Dion Turner, 21, was charged Monday with accessory to strong armed robbery and felony assault on a police officer. Aaron Wesley Thompson, 23, was charged with strong armed robbery and assault.

Ocean Springs police said a man wearing a skeleton mask grabbed a bag of money from a clerk on her way to the bank to make store deposits. Some robbery witnesses who were pumping gas nearby chased the man to a nearby apartment complex.

"It was because of them that we were able to apprehend him so quickly,'' said Detective Capt. Louis Miller. "We appreciate that, but it's not usually a good idea.''

Thompson was found hiding in the closet of an apartment rented by the Turner's mother, police said. A backpack that police believe was used in the robbery was found stuffed in a freezer. Turner told police he had worked at the gas station for about two weeks, Miller said.

Police said while Turner was being questioned, he picked up an ink pen and stabbed Capt. Mike Ducote in the neck. Pepper spray was used on Thompson after he began fighting with officers, police said. Ducote was treated and released at Ocean Springs Hospital.