'Spiderman' and accomplices busted after string of robberies - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

'Spiderman' and accomplices busted after string of robberies

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Merlin Johnson Source: JPD Merlin Johnson Source: JPD
Trevaughn Dukes Source: JPD Trevaughn Dukes Source: JPD
Jonathan Dukes Source: JPD Jonathan Dukes Source: JPD
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - On Tuesday afternoon, Jackson Police took 3 suspects into custody at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 80.

It's believed the suspects are responsible for the overnight robbery of two Jackson businesses where a superhero was involved.

Detectives detained 25-year-old Merlin Johnson, 24-year-old Trevaughn Dukes and 20-year-old Jonathan Dukes for questioning.

All 3 were charged with two counts of armed robbery of a business stemming from the robberies that occurred at Shell Sprint Mart and Waffle House.

At both of the robberies that happened on Monday night, one of the suspects was dressed as Spiderman.

The first incident occurred around 1:45 am at the Shell Station on E McDowell Road.

The second, just after 3 am at the Waffle House on Highway 18.

Officer Colendula Green confirms the other suspect was wearing ski masks and dark clothing.

One of the Waffle House employees also reported that one of the suspects was dressed as Spiderman.

A break in the case came just before 2 p.m. when narcotics officers spotted a vehicle similar to the suspects at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 80.

Chief Lee Vance said, "We're reasonably sure they committed the two armed robberies overnight.  We'll move forward with that if we find any other information that links them up to other crimes, then we will certainly hold them accountable for those as well.

Officers found a Spiderman mask inside the SUV of these suspects, along with dark clothing, two handguns, and a large amount of cash.Chief Vance credited the arrests to his officers, working the case without giving up.

"I'm very proud of the work of these officers in this particular case.  I'm just happy about it.  This is what we said we would do.  Were going to be relentless in pursing these people if you go in to a restaurant, store, stick a gun in someone's face were going to hold you accountable for it," said Vance.


Johnson and Trevaughn Dukes were charged with an additional count of armed robbery of a business stemming from a robbery that occurred at Popeye's Chicken located at 986 High Street on November 11, where Johnson was an employee at the time.

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