A Gautier woman has turned herself in on a charge alleging she drove the getaway car for two men who used a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol to rob a man in a car wash holdup, according to police.
Brittany Danielle Martin, 25, of Gautier, turned herself in at the Picayune Police Department on Wednesday, Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri said. She was wanted on an armed robbery charge and also is accused of using one of the robbery victim's credit cards, Magri said.
In an armed robbery, everyone involved faces the same charge.
The June 24 holdup was at a car wash on Mississippi 11 in Picayune.
Officials say tips in response to a Picayune Police Department Facebook post and video surveillance identified Martin and the two armed men, who were later arrested during a flight from deputies in North Carolina.
Police released pictures from video footage July 3 that allegedly shows Martin using a stolen credit card in Slidell. At the time, police did not know Martin's name. Tips led to the identities of all three, Magri said.
A man had stopped at the car wash about 11:30 a.m. that Sunday and got out of his car in one of the car wash stalls. The victim told police two men walked up and demanded his property and said one of them pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and the other man had a pistol by his waist.
The victim told police he gave the men a money clip with credit cards and about $120 in cash, Magri told the Sun Herald. The men left in a Nissan driven by a woman later identified as Martin.
The two men have been arrested in Caldwell County, North Carolina, where they are also accused of fleeing from a traffic stop while one of them fired shots at two deputies.
The men, both North Carolina residents, were taken into custody on unrelated charges on July 2.
Lonnie Phillip Bentley, 24, of Lenoir, and Andrew James Pariss, 31, of Granite Falls, were arrested after they reportedly fled from deputies, according to WRJW Radio in Picayune.
A Caldwell County deputy sheriff tried to stop a pickup the men were traveling in when Pariss began shooting at law enforcement, newstopicnews.com reports.
Bentley and Pariss were in a pickup stolen in North Carolina and the shots fired did not strike the deputies, Picayune Police Det. Rhonda Poche Johnson said Monday.
The men also were in possession of a Mustang reported stolen on the Mississippi Coast, Johnson said.
North Carolina deputies arrested Pariss, 31, on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.
They arrested Bentley, 24, on a charge of felony speeding to elude arrest.
Both men are held for Picayune police. Their extraditions are pending.