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Police roundup: Recent violent crimes in Waveland are connected, chief says

Tyrone Holmes, 23, was reportedly shot in the head while attempting a kidnapping and armed robbery.
Tyrone Holmes, 23, was reportedly shot in the head while attempting a kidnapping and armed robbery.

A man shot in the head in Waveland in December was in the process of committing a kidnapping and armed robbery when he was shot by the victim, Waveland police said Friday.

Tyrone Holmes, 23, is now in custody in New Orleans, and authorities are awaiting his return to Mississippi to face charges, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said.

The announcement of Holmes' charges comes along with the arrests of three others in connection to various violent crimes in Waveland, and police are searching for other suspects.

Officials said Friday it appeared much of the recent violent crime in Waveland was connected to a small group of people, many of whom were embroiled in a feud.

Among those still being sought is Leif "Sipp" Dasco, 31, an aspiring rapper who is suspected of spraying bullets into a crowd outside a barber school in January, wounding one person.

Dasco's feud with some of the other men arrested in Waveland sparked several shootings since the Barber College incident, Allen said.

"There's been an upswing in violent crimes in the city of Waveland over the last few months," Allen said. "The Waveland Police Department has been diligently, but quietly, working these cases and is now ready to share our results with the public. We've found that many of the shootings and other crimes are related to a small group of people."

Those arrested or sought:

-- Holmes, who was not seriously wounded when he was shot in the head at the Waveview Apartments on Dec. 16. He was released from the hospital and quickly left for New Orleans. An investigation determined he and an accomplice were attempting a kidnapping and armed robbery.

-- Damarcus Hawkins, 20, is accused of being Holmes' accomplice during the kidnapping and armed robbery. He is also accused in an armed robbery Jan. 30 at the same apartment complex and has numerous felony arrest warrants. He was arrested Feb. 10 after a short foot pursuit in Bay St. Louis on two counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and resisting arrest. He is being held on a $1,001,000 bond.

-- William "Tally" Vaughn, 29, was arrested Jan. 15 in a December drive-by shooting. He was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanor possession of narcotics. He is being held without bond for the state Department of Corrections on a parole violation.

-- Jordan Goff, 18, is a frequent companion of Hawkins and Vaughn, police said. There was an outstanding warrant for his arrest on accessory after the fact for his role in a drive-by shooting and he was arrested along with Hawkins on Feb. 10. His bond was set at $15,000.

-- Leif "Sipp" Dasco, 31, is still being sought. He is the suspected in the Jan. 21 shooting at Barber College on U.S. 90 and has numerous felony arrest warrants. An investigation found he was involved in a feud with several of the others arrested, and officials issued warrants for aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

"We are confident that he will soon be found and arrested," Allen said.

Some of the men arrested, especially Vaughn and Hawkins, may face additional charges.

Allen encouraged anyone with information to contact Waveland police or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Police in Waveland also are investigating the Nov. 30 shooting death of Jason Duffy, 42, the city's first homicide in two years.

Allen said he couldn't release much information on that probe but detectives have "people of interest and are working diligently."

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