Crime

Suspects nabbed in fast food armed robberies

Rinaldo E. Norris, Jr., left and Kezia Jefferson were arrested Friday in connection with the armed robberies of Papa John's and Subway restaurants over the past week.
Rinaldo E. Norris, Jr., left and Kezia Jefferson were arrested Friday in connection with the armed robberies of Papa John's and Subway restaurants over the past week.

Officials with the Gulfport Police Department said two people have been arrested in connection with a recent rash of robberies of area restaurants.

Sgt. Damon McDaniel said Rinaldo Eugene Norris, 30, of Gulfport, and Kezia Latanya Jefferson, 36, also of Gulfport, were arrested Thursday after Papa John's in the 5000 block of East Pass Road was reported robbed around 8 p.m.

Officers responded to an armed robbery call Thursday night at the pizza restaurant. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken by Norris, who was armed with a small handgun and wearing a mask, McDaniel said.

Norris fled the scene on foot and was later arrested. After further investigation, McDaniel said, Norris was believed to have robbed two Subways, one on East Pass Road on March 15 and one on 25th Avenue on March 11.

He was arrested on three counts of armed robbery and was taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of a $300,000 bond set by Justice Judge Melvin Ray.

McDaniel Tweeted that Jefferson was arrested in connection with the Papa John's robbery.

Ray set her bond at $20,000.

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