$150K bond for man who robbed priest

Published 7:10 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bond was set at $150,000 for a Yazoo City man charged with armed robbery in the Monday theft of $100 from a priest.

Judge Toni Terrett set the bond for Thomas Lee Jiles, 52, after an initial appearance Monday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. He is being held in the Warren County Jail, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections has placed a hold on Jiles, who is on parole for uttering forgery.

Jiles, 129 North Water St., Yazoo City, is accused of threating the priest with a brick before taking the money.

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According to police reports, the robbery occurred about 9:21 p.m. Monday. The priest told officers responding to the call about an armed robbery at St Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., he had been robbed by Jiles.

The priest said he had tried to help Jiles earlier in the day after he told him he was homeless and needed some money to try and get back to Yazoo. Jiles, the priest said, told him he needed money to leave because he didn’t have any place to stay, and the priest got a room for Jiles at the Relax Inn, 1313 Walnut St.

After the priest returned later to the church, Jiles was waiting in some shrubbery near the church. He said Jiles jumped out the shrubbery armed with the brick and threatened to kill him if he didn’t give him a hundred dollars.

An investigator got a warrant for Jiles’ arrest for armed robbery and arrested him at the Relax Inn.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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