Crime

They’re suspects in a burglary of a Saucier restaurant, officials say. Then someone set the restaurant on fire.

Elijah Dunomes, left, and Shaw Gilbert
Elijah Dunomes, left, and Shaw Gilbert

Two Gulfport men are in custody after fleeing from a restaurant that was burglarized and set on fire, officials say.

Sheriff Troy Peterson announced Friday the arrest of Elijah Dunomes, 26, and Shaw Gilbert, 22, on felony charges of burglary, arson and felony evasion.

According to Peterson, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department received a call early Friday that Juan Tequila’s in Saucier was on fire. The citizen also said he was following the suspects’ vehicle southbound on U.S. 49 after seeing two men running from the business and getting into that vehicle.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle at U.S. 49 and Orange Grove Road in Gulfport, but the vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed for several miles, Peterson said.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on the ramp to I-10 at Canal Road.

The occupants of the vehicle, identified as Dunomes and Gilbert, were arrested on charges of burglary and arson. Dunomes also was charged with felony evasion.

Harrison County Fire Service responded to the restaurant and extinguished the fire, resulting in minimal damage inside the business.

Both suspects were booked into Harrison County jail and are being held in lieu of bond.

Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set bond at $150,000 for Dunomes and $100,000 for Gilbert.

Yolanda Cruz: 228-896-2340, @yolie.cruz93

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