Judge sets rape suspect’s bail at $2.25 million

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bail was set at $2.25 million Tuesday for a man accused of raping a 72-year-old woman Saturday after breaking into her home on Mundy Street while bail for his accused accomplice was set at $660,000.

Municipal Judge Toni Terrett set the $2.25 million bail for Jacory Thomas, 20, who is charged with rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, armed robbery and home invasion.

“All of them are serious in nature,” Terrett said of the charges against Thomas. “The sentencing ranges from three years to life in prison.”

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Thomas made no statements in court other than to ask for a court-appointed attorney.

Terrett set $660,000 bail for Mark Carver Jr., 27, who is charged with credit card fraud, home invasion, and armed robbery.

Both men are also being held for Mississippi Department of Corrections warrants for probation violation.

“You will appear in circuit court on that particular warrant,” she told both men. Carver was arrested Sunday, and Thomas was arrested Monday. Both men were charged Monday.



The men are accused of kicking in the door of a home early Saturday in the 1100 block of Mundy Street, attacking the 72-year-old woman, and stealing items from her home including cash, a debit card, an EBT card and a drivers license.

A few hours after the attack, Carver tried to use the card at a gas station on Indiana Avenue, according to the arrest affidavit read against him in court.

One of the men was armed, though police have declined to say which had the gun. The weapon has been recovered, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

The victim went to a neighbor for help, and the neighbor called 911 at 6:35 a.m. Saturday. The woman was taken to Merit Health River Region Medical Canter, where she was examined and released.

“We’re awaiting DNA results from the Mississippi Crime Lab,” Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

The victim was only able to describe her attackers as two black men. The woman did not know her attackers, Williams said.

“We have a very small investigative division who did an outstand job,” Williams said. “I appreciate of all the hard work each investigator did.”

District Attorney Ricky Smith said the cases against both men will be presented to a Warren County grand jury.

“We want to make sure in this case that we take the time to show the individuals in our community who are thinking of committing this kind of crime that if you do commit this type of crime you will be arrested,” Smith said. “You will be prosecuted and you will spend the majority if not the rest of your life in prison.”

Charges against both men will carry enhancements for targeting an elderly victim, Smith said. The enhancement doubles the amount of time an offender could spend in prison.