Walmart robbery suspect makes court appearance

Published 7:00 pm Friday, May 18, 2018

A Clinton man charged with strong-arm robbery in the theft of money from a cash register at Walmart is being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

The bond was set for John Salvatore Digennaro 29, 211 Grand Oak Blvd., Clinton, Friday at an initial appearance in Municipal Court. Police said Digennaro has a hold placed on him by the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and he has outstanding warrants from Ridgeland and Clinton police.

Digennaro is accused of walking into the Vicksburg Walmart Thursday, going to a register and then shoving the cashier and taking money from the register after she opened it. He left the store and got into a red Nissan, which was later seen in Clinton. When police tried to stop the car, he fled, wrecking the car and then running away from the scene.

He was later arrested by Clinton police and returned to Vicksburg.

In other cases:

  • Three people face multiple charges after their arrest in connection with a Sunday afternoon shootout at the Four-way Grocery at Wisconsin Avenue and Enchanted Drive, Vicksburg police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said.

No one was wounded in the exchange of gunfire, which occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Arrested were Dikembe Jose Stewart, 23, 900 Wabash St., possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm; Chandrick Eugene Coleman, 33, 414 Ridgeland St., shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; and Adeline Denise Bingham, 29, 933 National Street, accessory after the fact to shooting into an occupied vehicle and obstruction of justice.

Stewart and Coleman are accused of shooting at each other from their parked cars in the store parking lot. Both cars had multiple bullet holes. Bingham was a passenger in the car driven by Coleman.

All three are being held in the Warren County Jail. Stewart is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, Coleman’s bond was set at $75,000. Bingham’s is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Edwards said police believe the shootout may have been in retaliation for earlier incidents in which shots were fired at Stewart’s grandmother’s home at 900 Wabash St., about 4:19 a.m. Sunday. About two hours later, at 6:08 a.m., shots were fired at Bingham’s home at 933 National St.

  • Police Wednesday made their second arrest under a new city ordinance prohibiting shooting firearms in the city limits.

Arthur Derwin Belcher, 52, 174 Central Ave., was arrested about 8:41 p.m. Wednesday and charged with discharging a firearm inside the city limits.

If he is found guilty, he will serve a mandatory 30 days in jail and pay a $500 fine.

  • The resident of a home in the 3700 block of Halls Ferry Road said someone shot at their home about 4:19 a.m. Friday.
  • Shots were reported shots fired about 2:02 a.m. Friday in the area of Speed and Hunt streets.
  • Shots were reported fired about 2:13 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street.
  • Police are looking for a man wanted for domestic assault in which a women was stabbed in the ear with a crochet needle, Vicksburg police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said.

The stabbing occurred during an argument Thursday about 9:35 a.m. at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Autumn Drive. Edwards said a warrant has been issued for the man, who was not identified.

  • Shots were reported fired Wednesday about 7:44 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Street.
  • Shots were reported fired Wednesday about 2:26 p.m. in the area of Drummond and Polk streets.
  • Shots were reported fired Wednesday about 12:02 p.m. in the area of Cherry and South streets.
  • Shots were reported fired Wednesday about 9;53 p.m. in the 1600 block of Vickland Street.
  • The office of the Madison Glen Apartments, 1950 Hope St. were reported vandalized Wednesday.
  • A 9mm handgun was reported taken about 1:51 p.m. Wednesday from a car parked in 100 block of Westover Drive.

 

  • Vicksburg utility officials claim a check of service indicated someone living in the 2900 block of Arcadia Street has been getting water and gas service illegally.

The case is under investigation.

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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