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Suspects lead deputies on a chase through three counties; four remain at large

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(photo by Scott Davidson, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6071845)

Law enforcement officers are looking for four armed and dangerous car burglary suspects who eluded capture through three Mississippi counties on Monday.

On March 9, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received numerous reports of auto burglaries around the reservoir area. One of the victims said that perpetrators had used a white Honda Pilot during a burglary. A deputy on patrol spotted such a vehicle sitting alone in the Shaggy’s parking lot on Spillway Road in Rankin County.

The deputy pulled in front of the Honda and got out to identify the individuals in the car, and the vehicle fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle westbound on Spillway Road toward Ridgeland in Madison County. The suspects then continued into Jackson in Hinds County on Old Canton Road driving erratically and disregarding traffic lights.

The suspects lost control of the Honda a few blocks from Interstate 55, causing the vehicle to roll. As soon as the vehicle came to a stop, four black males exited the vehicle and ran in different directions.

When Rankin County deputies secured the scene, they found items in the Honda that had been reported stolen from Rankin County auto burglaries.

The four suspects are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Joshua McDonald

Shortly after the pursuit, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious individual on Spillway Road. The individual, later identified as Joshua McDonald, 24, was trying to get a ride to Jackson. Deputies determined McDonald was connected to the group suspected of committing the auto burglaries, and they arrested him. McDonald also had warrants from Hinds County.

The investigation continues with the assistance of the Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department at 601-825-1480.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicated the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bonjara O’Quin of Chicago, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, a rented 2021 Nissan Rogue with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quin is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. He was treated and released from Merit Health River Region. He has been charged with domestic violence and felon elude. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quin’s capture.

Bonjara O’Quin (photo by David Day)


This story has been updated to include the correct spelling of the suspect’s name and where he is from in addition to a few other details.

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting and is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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