Judge: $750K total bonds for accused robbers

Published 7:22 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bonds totaling $750,000 were set Wednesday for a man and a woman accused of attacking and robbing an 85-year-old man.

Municipal Judge Penny Lawson set a $500,000 bond for Johnny Earl Thomas, 33, 2530 Oak St., and a $250,000 bond for Shonda Lachella Anderson-Ellis, 30, 2104 Baker St., who are accused of assaulting the man in the 2900 block of Valley Street about 7:16 p.m. Friday and taking an undisclosed amount of money. Both are charged with strong-arm robbery in the case.

Thomas was out on bond for a 2017 armed robbery charge at the time they attacked the man.

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The bonds were set at an initial appearance for both. They are in the Warren County Jail.

According to police reports, the man said a woman approached him and asked him for a dollar. As he went in his wallet to get the dollar, he said, he was ambushed by a man who hit him and took his wallet.

In another case, Lawson set the bond for Venshada Neisha Clayton, 2501 Ken Karl Ave., at $100,000 on a charge of burglary.

Clayton was arrested Tuesday after the owner of a home in the 1500 block of Jackson Street came home from a trip to find her asleep in his bed and wearing items belonging to him.

The homeowner told police he had gone out of town for a few days and when he returned he found Clayton inside his home and she had apparently fallen asleep. He said Clayton gained entry to his home through a window in the rear of the house. It was unclear how long Clayton had been at the home.

In other cases:

• Caleb Alford, 30, 122 Billy Alford Road, Marion, Louisiana, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with bad check/closed account and larceny under contract. He was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

• Tracey Hogan, 51, 400 Redbone Road, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault domestic violence. She was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

• Someone attempted to steal a car parked at the Holiday Inn, 15 Cypress Center Blvd. According to police, the car’s steering column was broken.

• Shots were reported fired about 6 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Ethel Street.

Vicksburg police made the following arrest Wednesday:

• Michael Timothy Blackmore. 45, 591 Dudley Road, was arrested about 3:11 a.m. Wednesday at Confederate and Indiana avenues on charges of having an expired driver’s license, no proof of insurance, failure to stop motor vehicle when officer signals, running a stop sign, careless driving, running stop stop-sign-accident and discharging a weapon in the city limits. He was also served with a warrant.

• David Paul Clark, 57, 3603 Crestwood Drive, Natchez, was arrested about 11:04 p.m. Tuesday at the Vicksburg Police Department on a charge of contempt of court. He was also served with a warrant.

• Paul Anderson Weaver, 37, 1046 Mullins Road, Crystal Springs, was arrested about 2:18 p.m. Tuesday in the 5400 block of U.S. 61 South on three counts of simple assault-causing fear.

• Tonny Jeremy Wash, 32, 1773 Martin Luther King Blvd., was arrested Tuesday about 8:10 a.m. on Monroe Street on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and no proof of insurance.

• Nachoba Shanta Henderson, 22, 1126 West, Philadelphia, was arrested about 8:12 am. in the 300 block of Monroe Street on three counts of contempt of court and trespassing.

• A warrant was served Monday on John Markziegler Adams, 28, 5210 U.S. 61 South.

• A warrant was served Monday on Richard Darnell Evans, 42, 1001 South Petty St. Gaffney South Carolina, during a stop in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

• Tracy Dawn May, 43, 510 Bazinsky Road, was arrested Monday about 5:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of Iowa Boulevard on a charge of first-offense shoplifting.

• A warrant was served Monday on Jacorey Darnell Williams, 27, 902 Blossom Lane.

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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