Ocean Springs police have charged four people in an armed robbery incident that happened at Walmart on Wednesday evening.
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 lot. 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.
Nicholas Jvante Brothern, 17, was arrested on an armed robbery charge.
Y’Maya L. Harris, Albert Morgan III and Gary Desean Perkins, all of Gulfport, also were arrested on charges of armed robbery after police questioned witnesses. All three were in the vehicle that was stopped, Jackson said.
Jackson said all four are in the Ocean Springs Jail awaiting initial court appearances.