Grand jury to decide if Ocean Springs teen should be prosecuted on robbery charge, cops say

A grand jury will decide if there is sufficient evidence for authorities to prosecute an Ocean Springs teen on a robbery charge, police say.

Police initially told the Sun Herald on Thursday a robbery charge was dropped against Zi'Shon Darrcel Hunt but later clarified that they will turn it over to a grand jury.

Ocean Springs Capt. William Jackson said his department will pursue a misdemeanor simple assault charge from the same incident, and they were waiting for a judge to sign the arrest warrant.

The 18-year-old was previously identified as a suspect in an alleged robbery Saturday night at the Quick Stop gas station on Government Street in Ocean Springs. He was hiding in his apartment closet when he was arrested Sunday, Jackson said.

Hunt's father, Deshaude Jones, provided a statement to the Sun Herald regarding the robbery charge: "Police need to properly investigate before they just run with a person's initial word on an accusation. How all of this was handled, because they didn't do a proper investigation, has led to more hurt than anything for our family. One, our character has been decimated. My son's business was just getting off the ground and he has lost a lot of customers."

Hunt, an Ocean Springs High School graduate, recently started his own business, Express Bubbles Mobile Detail and Car Wash, and has lost business because of the charge, Jones said.

Jackson said a man was leaving the gas station just after 10 p.m. Saturday when a man knocked him to the ground, repeatedly punched and kicked him and demanded money. Jackson said police later identified Hunt as the accused robber and arrested him at his apartment.

Anyone who has more information regarding the alleged robbery is asked to contact the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs