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3 fast-food restaurants in Gulfport were robbed at gunpoint in a 5-week period

Denzel Ebeneezer Walker
Denzel Ebeneezer Walker

A man who robbed three fast-food restaurants at gunpoint within about five weeks wore similar clothing, had the same mannerisms and covered his face each time, a police spokesman said.

Investigators have identified Denzel Ebeneezer Walker, 22, of Gulfport, as the one who held up three businesses within a period of about five weeks. Police arrested him Tuesday on three counts of armed robbery.

“It was just the little things that led to his arrest,” Gulfport Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Bromen said these are where the robberies occurred and when police were called:

▪ 1 a.m. Aug. 13, Sonic Drive-In on Creosote Road

▪ 9:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Little Caesars on Pass Road near Washington Avenue

▪ 10:58 p.m. Sept. 21, Sonic Drive-Inn on Courthouse Road

Patrol officers received their best suspect description in the Courthouse Road robbery, which helped investigators identify Walker, Bromen said.

“He just walked in with a handgun each time, said give me the money and fled on foot,” Bromen said.

“He’d cover his face with a shirt in one robbery. He’d cover his face with a rag. Each time, he had a similar way of covering his face.”

Police arrested Walker about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at Gulf Mist Apartments.

Walker was being held at the Harrison County jail on a $300,000 bond.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set bond at $100,000 per robbery when he signed the arrest warrants.

It’s not Walker’s first time in jail. The county jail docket shows he served time when he was 18 in 2014 for convictions on failing to comply with orders and resisting arrest. He was 20 when Gulfport police arrested him in 2015 on the same charges plus carrying a concealed weapon.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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