Petal man is indicted in local bank robbery|[05/13/08]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Petal man accused of a January robbery in Vicksburg was arraigned Monday on an indictment returned by the May term of the Warren County grand jury.

Kevin Dale McCainCharged with robbing the Trustmark branch at 3406 Halls Ferry Road was Kevin Dale McCain, 48, 406 W. 7th Ave., 9B. McCain reportedly went into the bank Jan. 30, handed a teller a note demanding money and left with about $2,100.

He was arrested later in Mendenhall, about 75 miles southeast of Vicksburg, after he was stopped for traffic violations and later recognized as a wanted person by a police officer who had seen bank camera images on a Jackson TV newscast. Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart said most of the stolen money was recovered.

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District Attorney Ricky Smith said the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has prosecution power in bank holdups, had left the case to the state. If convicted, McCain faces a potential 10 years in prison.

When arrested, McCain was on federal probation, and was also later linked to a Jan. 25 bank robbery in Marshall, Texas, as well as an attempted bank robbery Jan. 28, in Bossier City, La.

The Jan. 30 bank robbery was Vicksburg’s first in 2008. The second came a week ago, when a man walked into the BancorpSouth branch at 3312 Pemberton Square Blvd., and, similarly, handed a teller a note that demanded money. According to witnesses, the robber left the bank with money and fled the scene in a 2007 or 2008 Pontiac G6, which was driven by a woman. No arrest has been made, and the suspects in that robbery are also wanted in Louisiana for an attempted robbery at a Tallulah bank 30 minutes earlier.

In the county this year, the lone bank robbery was March 20, at the Britton & Koontz Bank on U.S. 61 North. Authorities said the robber presented the appearance of a weapon through the pocket of a windbreaker. The robbery caused a 40-minute precautionary lockdown at nearby Sherman Avenue Elementary as officers canvassed a wooded area along Sherman Avenue abutting the northeastern boundary of Vicksburg National Military Park. No arrest has been made in that case.

Both Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart and Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said investigators have followed numerous leads in the cases and continue to do so.

McCain was one of 12 people arraigned Monday.

Others included Kenneth Lee Rankin, 18, 248 Valleyview Lane; Schiraldi Marquis Summers, 19, 217 Second Ave.; and James Lydell Williams, 21, 6695 Mississippi 27. All were charged in a shooting that injured three people on Sept. 21 at the Autumn Oak Townhouses, 4920 Halls Ferry Road. The three defendants were indicted for drive-by shooting and aggravated assault.

Also arraigned Monday:

* Cecil Gray Jr., 42, 2449 Redbone Road, robbery. He’s accused of hitting a woman in the head and stealing her purse. The offense reportedly took place Nov. 14, in the parking lot of Wal-Mart SuperCenter, 2150 Iowa Blvd.

* Charles Johnson, 19, 1302 Spring St., shoplifting-third offense. He is accused of an offense that occurred Feb. 11, at Wal-Mart SuperCenter, 2150 Iowa Blvd.

* Pamela Johnson, 25, 3233 Old Highway 27, two counts of possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested Jan. 5.

* Robert Middleton, 34, 4041 Washington St. No. 21, possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Dec. 20.

* Bryan Blake Neihaus, 19, 452 Tilton Ranch Road, larceny of a motor vehicle. He is accused of an offense Jan. 18 at the Kangaroo convenience store on U.S. 61 North.

* Damean Paul Patterson, 31, 101 Ruby Lane, grand larceny. He is accused of stealing items from George Carr Pontiac and GMC, 2950 S. Frontage Road. The offense occurred Dec. 3.

* Monica Retha Smith, 35, 4280 Dogwood Lane, prescription forgery. She is accused of an offense on Nov. 28, at Battlefield Discount Drugs, 3040 Indiana Ave.

* Justin Young, 25, 2065 Sky Farm Ave., sale of controlled substance. He is accused of an offense on Feb. 5 at Mission 66 and Clay Street.

Waived of arraignment was George D. Scott, 28, 503 Dabney Ave., who was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Jan. 11, at his home.

Warren County grand juries are chosen four times a year. Law enforcement officers present cases, and jurors decide if there is enough evidence for a criminal trial. If so, indictments are issued and defendants, most of whom have been free on bond, appear at a formal arraignment to hear the charges they face. Most then remain free on bond pending resolution of the indictments through a trial or plea bargains.

Also indicted by last week’s grand jury were Soloman Harris, 43, and Brandy Wallace, 26. Harris was indicted for the Nov. 21 shooting death of 48-year-old Harold R. Scott, which occurred at the victim’s home, and Wallace is charged with aggravated DUI for the Nov. 5 death of John E. Parrette, who was run over and killed as he was retrieving his mail in front of his home on Roseland Drive.