Child assault suspect accused in donation jar theft
Kelly Paul Brown, Jr.
Kelly Brown is accused of committing two felonies in Lauderdale County Saturday night, and his wife is also charged.
Meridian Police said he stole woman's purse at knife point in the Bonita Walmart parking lot. He's also charged with aggravated assault in that incident.
"The aggravated assault warrant comes from the fact that during the incident, the suspect allegedly cut the adult victim's child during the course of the robbery," said Captain Dean Harper of the Meridian Police Department.
Brown's wife is also facing an armed robbery charge for driving the car during that incident.
A few hours later, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said Brown swiped a donation jar from the Clarkdale Superette. The donations were for the family of late Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin.
"He was identified by some of our investigators by the surveillance video at the Clarkdale Superette," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department has been searching for Brown for quite a while on an unrelated burglary warrant, and with coordination from the Meridian Police and Clarke County Sheriff's Department, he was able to be identified as the suspect in both cases and tracked down to Northern Clarke County.
"One of our investigators, as well as well as deputies with the Clarke County Sheriff's Department made contact through a cell phone with him yesterday evening just after 6:00 p.m.," said Calhoun. "We were able to talk to him, and he made a decision to turn himself in."
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