Crime

Man already jailed in 3 Gulfport holdups arrested in 4 more armed robberies

Rinaldo E. Norris Jr.
Rinaldo E. Norris Jr.

GULFPORT -- A man accused in a string of robberies at fast-food restaurants in Gulfport now faces four additional counts of armed robbery, police said.

Rinaldo Eugene Norris Jr., of Gulfport, was arrested police looked into several armed robberies earlier in the month:

-- Loan Max at 422 Pass Road, March 2 and March 11

-- Mississippi Title Loans at 909 Pass Road, March 7

-- Metro PCS at 91 Hardy Court Shopping Center, March 7

Sgt. Damon McDaniel said Norris, wearing a mask and dark clothing, brandished a handgun and demanded money in each of the robberies, then running away.

Norris was served with the additional warrants Friday after he was arrested Thursday on three counts of armed robbery:

-- Papa John's pizza on the 5000 block of East Pass Road, Thursday

-- Subway restaurant on East Pass Road, Tuesday

-- Subway restaurant on 25th Avenue, March 11

Police on Thursday also arrested Kezia Latanya Jefferson, 36, of Gulfport, in the Papa John's robbery. She is held at the Harrison County jail on $20,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

Norris is held at the Harrison County jail on $200,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

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