A police officer who happened to be shopping in a Walmart was able to help stop a 17-year-old purse-snatching suspect who threatened people with a handgun, officials say.
At 5:12 p.m. Wednesday, the Ocean Springs Police Department received a 911 call of an armed robbery inside the Walmart on U.S. 90, saying a man took a purse from a female and ran away.
The woman ran after him, police said in a press release, and other shoppers joined her as they chased him outside. Once outside, the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the crowd, threatening to shoot them, according to the press release.
The officer who was inside also followed the man and watched him get into a black Dodge pickup and drive toward the east exit of the parking. The officer was able to call in a description of the vehicle in time for other officers to stop the truck before it left the parking lot.
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Nicholas Jvante Brothern, 17, was arrested on an armed robbery charge and he is being held at the Ocean Springs jail pending an initial appearance.
Two other males and a female were inside the truck, and police are questioning them.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 228-875-2211.