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False reporting lands Vicksburg man in jail

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Vicksburg Police officers took a man into custody Saturday night following an incident originally reported as a shooting.

Just after 10:15 p.m., a call came in saying that someone had been shot in the 1700 block of Military Avenue. An alleged witness told responding officers the victim was on the way to the hospital in a private vehicle and provided a vehicle description.

As is normal protocol following any shooting, Vicksburg Police officers and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Merit Health River Region emergency room.

The shooting victim never arrived.

A subsequent investigation, led by Deputy Chief Penny Jones, revealed that the alleged witness had concocted the shooting story following a domestic incident. Police believe the witness and the caller are the same man.

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said the man, who has not been identified, has been charged with false reporting of a crime. He will be arraigned Monday in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

If convicted, the man faces up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine. He may also be ordered to repay the costs of the incident to law enforcement agencies.

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Suspect in custody after kidnapping, auto burglary

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Devonte Lewis (photo courtesy of VPD)

At 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020,  officers were dispatched to the Motel 6, 4137 I-20 Frontage Road, where a victim reported that a black male had broken into his vehicle and stolen a handgun.

The suspect, Devonte Lewis, 27, of Dixon Mills, Alabama, then approached the driver of a 2005 GMC Yukon, brandishing the weapon, and made the driver and a female passenger drive him away.  Officers located the Yukon several minutes later at the intersection of Mission 66 and Clay Street, stopping it in the convenience store parking lot.  

Lewis was taken into custody without further incident, the stolen handgun was recovered in his possession, and the occupants of the vehicle were rescued unharmed. 

Lewis is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of auto burglary, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

He is being held without bond pending his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

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Redwood man arrested for assaulting a police officer

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Undrier Cage (photo courtesy VPD)

A Vicksburg police officer is recovering after being assaulted Friday night.

A few minutes after 9 p.m. Friday, Officer Hunter Anderson stopped a Cadillac Eldorado for speeding in the 900 block of Speed Street.

The driver, Undrier Cage, 42, of Redwood, Mississippi, got out of the car and attempted to flee on foot. Anderson attempted to detain Cage, and a struggle ensued.

Anderson received a laceration approximately 4 inches long to the left side of his head. He was transported to Merit Health River Region by ambulance, where he received 12 staples to close the wound. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Cage was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence. He is being held without bond pending his initial court appearance.

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VPD reports a string of burglaries from Tuesday through Thursday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that several burglaries occurred this week from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5:58 a.m. officers responded to 1601 North Frontage Road in reference to a residential burglary. The victim advised he discovered the lock on his trailer was broken and multiple power tools valued at $5,000 were missing.

Tuesday at 11 p.m., officers responded to Parts Supply, 2406 South Frontage Road, in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated he saw a white male wearing a camo jacket run from the cab of his truck carrying his lunch box while the driver was making a delivery to the store.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a victim came to the police department at 11:59 a.m. to report an auto burglary. The theft occurred on either Bridge Street or Evans Alley, sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. A Taurus 9-mm handgun was taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8:41 a.m. a victim came to the police department to report an auto burglary. A black, white and lime green Scott bicycle was stolen off the back of the victim’s 2017 Nissan Altima. The bicycle is valued at around $3,000.

Also on Thursday, officers responded to Tri-State Tires, 2209 Washington St., at 10:19 a.m. for a business burglary. The complainant stated one of the U-Haul transports valued at $9,000 was stolen Tuesday, Nov. 10.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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