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'Extremely dangerous' man at large after armed carjacking and crime spree, Moss Point police say

Moss Point police are looking for an "armed and extremely dangerous" man after an armed carjacking and crime spree ended in one death, officials say.

Devarian Raheem Edwards, 31, is known to hang out in Moss Point and Pascagoula, Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley said in a press release.

He is one of four men suspected in an armed carjacking and crime spree spanning multiple jurisdictions and two states.

At 2:12 a.m. Friday, Moss Point police received a call that a man and woman were carjacked at gunpoint on the Interstate 10 Exit 69 westbound entrance ramp, near the intersection of Mississippi 63.

The man and woman told officers they were on the way to Houston and stopped at the entrance ramp to switch drivers, when three to four men approached with firearms and forced them out of the vehicle.

The men then drove off westbound on the interstate in the stolen white 2018 Nissan Rogue with a North Carolina license plate.

Ashley said the couple was not harmed.

Detectives from several agencies have pieced together a timeline starting late Thursday night in Pascagoula.

Ashley said the men are expected to face charges of, in chronological order, grand larceny for motor vehicle theft in Pascagoula, then armed carjacking and commercial burglary in Moss Point, followed by armed robbery and kidnapping in Jackson County, ending in Jackson, Alabama, with capital murder.

Scieler McKenzie, 19, from Gautier is dead, Ashley said.

Two 19-year-olds have been arrested: Kyle Webb of Pascagoula and Zavier Williams of Jackson, Alabama.

The Jackson Police Department in Alabama issued a press release describing McKenzie's homicide. He was found shot on Miller Street after a call of shots fired at 6:47 a.m. Friday. He died at the scene.

Officers determined the Nissan Rogue had pulled into a vacant lot and all four men had exited the vehicle. Edwards and Webb began firing handguns at McKenzie and Williams. McKenzie was hit multiple times while Williams escaped unharmed.

Edwards and Webb fled in the Rogue. Other Alabama law enforcement agencies later spotted the vehicle and it refused to stop as it entered Mobile County. The vehicle hit a road sign and stopped long for Webb to get out and run into a wooded area in Mt. Vernon. Officers began searching for him while Edwards drove south on Alabama 43.

Area K-9 units, U.S. marshals and a helicopter began searching the wooded area, and Webb was "located and apprehended."

Shortly after that, Pascagoula officers found the Rogue abandoned. It was then all the agencies were able to link the crime spree together.

Webb was arrested by Jackson police on charges of murder, attempted murder, and discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle.

Williams was arrested by Jackson police on a charge of receiving stolen property 4th degree.

Edwards is wanted by JPD in charges of murder, attempted murder, and discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle.

Investigating agencies are Moss Point police, Pascagoula Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office (MS), Washington County (AL), Alabama Sheriff's Office, and Jackson Police Department (AL).

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Detective Mark Peters or the Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 800-787-5898 or visit the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers website at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

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