2nd man arrested after 2 Coast gas stations robbed at gunpoint, sheriff says

Lamarcus Swington
Lamarcus Swington

Deputies have arrested two men in connection with two separate armed robberies in Harrison County.

One of the suspects also faces unrelated armed robbery charges in two Coast cities.

Isaiah Demarcus Caruthers, 18, of Gulfport, was arrested Saturday on two counts of armed robbery. The sheriff's department announced Tuesday that Lamarcus Swington, 20, of Gulfport, also was arrested on two counts of armed robbery.

Harrison County deputies originally responded to reports of armed robberies about 1:30 a.m. June 2 at the Shell and Chevron gas stations on County Farm Road, Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

Witnesses said three men entered the stores displaying handguns and took cash from both locations, Peterson said.

A warrant was obtained for Caruthers and Gulfport police arrested him during a traffic stop Saturday in the 2200 block of 15th Street in Gulfport. He was held at the Harrison County jail on a $500,000 bond set by Judge Brandon Ladner.

Swington was already being held at the Harrison County jail on armed robbery charges from Biloxi and Gulfport.

Biloxi police had arrested Swington on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm on April 10, Biloxi Police Maj. Christopher De Back said. He bailed out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

Investigators linked Swington to the May 20 armed holdup at a Subway and a convenience store at Division and Lameuse streets, De Back said, as well as other armed robberies. The May 20 robberies occurred in less than an hour, De Back said.

Gulfport police arrested him on one count of armed robbery in a traffic stop Saturday, and turned him over to Biloxi police, De Back said.

Swington is accused in the armed holdup of Subway at 28 Pass Road in Gulfport, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said. His bond on the previous firearm charge in Biloxi was revoked.

Swington was still in jail Tuesday when Harrison County deputies added two counts of armed robbery. His bonds total $425,000, but he has no bond on the two Biloxi charges and no bond on the pending firearm charge in Gulfport.

Peterson said this is an ongoing investigation with the help of Gulfport and Biloxi police and more arrests are expected. Anyone with more information is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at 228-897-1474 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs