Crime

They’ve had brushes with the law. Then ‘a beef’ led to a drive-by shooting, police say.

Javaris Ramsey
Javaris Ramsey

Three young men identified by police as suspects in a drive-by shooting have each had recent brushes with the law, two of them on felony charges, records show.

Biloxi police identified the Gulfport residents Wednesday night after they arrested a second suspect.

Durente Yarbor, 18, and Aseante Taylor, 20, are being held at the Harrison County jail.

Javaris Ramsey, 19, is sought on an arrest warrant. Police and federal marshals with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force are looking for Ramsey.

The three are accused of shooting at the apartment of an acquaintance on Rodenberg Avenue near Irish Hill Drive on Sept. 17, Police Maj. Christopher De Back said Thursday. Some of the projectiles struck the intended apartment, he said.

“The suspects had a beef, I guess you could call it, a previous argument with someone they are each familiar with,” De Back said.

Yarbor has been in custody on a drive-by shooting charge since Sept. 29. The next day, a judge revoked his bonds on indicted charges of auto burglary, the Harrison County jail docket shows.

Yarbor had been arrested April 25 on a string of burglary charges with Gulfport armed robbery suspect Jaquan Moffett, then-murder suspect Gary Perkins and three others. A grand jury later found insufficient evidence to indict Perkins in the Jan. 7, 2016, fatal shooting of Chevis Allen in Gulfport.

Taylor had spent seven weeks in jail after his July 1 arrest on a charges filed by Gulfport police. He is accused of accessory after the fact to attempted aggravated assault. While in jail, he served time on a misdemeanor marijuana conviction.

A judge has sent Taylor’s accessory charge to a Harrison County grand jury.

Ramsey spent a night in jail April 5 after his arrest in Biloxi on misdemeanor charges. Police accused him of operating a motor vehicle in possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency or neglect of three children. Ramsey was released on bonds of nearly $2,800.

Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set bond at $300,000 for each the men on the drive-by shooting charge.

The bail amount on $300,000 is $30,000. State law sets the bail insurance premium at 10 percent unless a defendant is from out of state or held on a capital offense.

Yarbor isn’t eligible for bail because of his six indicted auto burglary charges.

Police hope Ramsey will turn himself in, De Back said, but anyone who knows where he can be found is asked to call the Biloxi Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 228-435-6112, dispatchers at 228-392-0641 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Tipsters also can email investigators at ciu@biloxi.ms.us or give a tip online at mississippicoastcrimestoppers.com.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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