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Bond set for Alabama car thieves caught in Rankin County

Henry Dewayne Golden - Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office Henry Dewayne Golden - Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office
Patrick Rayshawn Wilson Jr. - Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office Patrick Rayshawn Wilson Jr. - Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Bond has been set for two Alabama car thieves that were caught in Rankin County trying to sell the stolen car for parts. 

Both 21-year-old Patrick Wilson, Jr. and 25-year-old Henry Golden appeared in Rankin County court Tuesday morning. Wilson is charged with felony fleeing and receiving stolen property. He has been denied bond.

Golden was given $30,000 bond for his felony charge of receiving stolen property. Golden also has a $1,000 bond for minor charges of resisting arrest and reckless driving.

On September 6, Rankin County deputies were dispatched to Spring Hill Drive in the Cleary Heights community in reference to two suspicious males attempting to sell a 2014 Hyundai by going door to door. The original call came in around 6:15 p.m. and deputies were able to make visual contact with the car minutes later on Florence-Byram Road. 

When deputies turned around the on the car, the driver sped away traveling toward Florence. In front of the Florence City Library, the two occupants exited the car while it was still in motion. 

The driver, Patrick Rayshawn Wilson Jr. from Daphne Alabama, was taken into custody a short time later by Rankin County Deputies with the assistance of Florence and Richland Police Officers. It was then determined the vehicle they had abandoned was stolen earlier in the day from Foley Alabama. Wilson advised investigators he and Henry Dewayne Golden, from Foley Alabama, had stolen the car and were trying to find a “chop shop” to sell the vehicle. 

Based on Wilson's statements, the two left Alabama after stealing the car because they were too well known to local authorities.  The duo traveled to the Mississippi Coast before making their way north through Hattiesburg and into Florence while searching the Internet for business or individuals that would purchase the car for parts.

According to Wilson, the plan was to sell the car for around $10,000 then hire a cab to get back to Alabama. Neither suspect has known ties to Rankin County or Mississippi.

Wilson was very cooperative and gave investigators information as to Golden's identity and the location of Golden's cell phone, which was lost after the two bailed out of the car. The Sheriff’s Department utilized social media, via Facebook and its Alert notification system, to notify viewers of the manhunt. 

Around 10:30 p.m., dispatch received a call from a Florence resident on South Church Street, advising they saw a person matching Golden’s description including his black and orange shorts. The caller stated the suspect was going between residences and looking in vehicles.

The homeowner, an off duty probation officer, armed himself and confronted the suspect and held him until deputies arrived.  He was then positively identified as Golden.

The homeowner stated his daughter had read the post on the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page and knew as soon as she him that it was the person from the manhunt based on the description given.

Golden’s previous criminal history includes cocaine possession and domestic violence. 

Wilson's criminal history includes burglary, possession or stolen property and drug charges. 

Both will be charged in Rankin County with possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.  Wilson will also be facing felony evasion charges.

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