2nd man arrested in Jackson beating, robbery

Published 11:30 am Monday, February 6, 2012

A second man was arrested Sunday in the armed robbery and beating in Jackson of a Vicksburg welder on Jan. 29.

David Thomas, 25, was arrested Sunday, but a Jackson Police Department news release gave no details of where the arrest occurred.

Thomas and Jontez Garvis, 29, who was arrested Friday, were in the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond this morning awaiting initial court appearances. No home address was available for either man.

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The two are accused of approaching Fred Jackson, 62, 627 Wright Road in Yokena, as he was bent over during a welding job on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29. He was working at Tri-Miss Services, a salvage yard at 416 Woodrow Wilson Drive.

A videotape shows two men in hooded jackets approach Jackson and beat him repeatedly before leaving. Missing were $500, a paycheck and Jackson’s cell phone, Jackson police have said.

Both suspects are accused of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Jackson remained in the Intensive Care Unit of University Medical Center in Jackson this morning, his daughter Sheila Hedrick of Vicksburg said.

“There is no change,” she said. “He is not awake and is still not responding. He does have a fever, and the doctors are trying to find the infection.”

“We’re obviously very pleased that they have arrested both people involved in his beating,” she said. “We’re glad that the police were able to make the arrests quickly. We hope they get the maximum sentence for their charges. We want them to suffer like my daddy’s suffered.

“Now that the men have been arrested, we want answers,” Hedrick said. “If they wanted to rob him, why did they beat him?”

A $13,500 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest of his attackers.

It could not be determined this morning if the money had been claimed.

Noel Jackson of Vicksburg, Fred Jackson’s brother, said this morning an account has been opened at BancorpSouth for contributions to help cover the victim’s medical expenses.