Crime

Police arrest 6 in kidnapping, armed robbery

Top row from left, Letarius Vanderbilt, Fisher Simmons and Keeshawn Armstrong. Bottom row from left, Nekida Kennedy, Prince Woullard and Dajuan Armstrong.
Top row from left, Letarius Vanderbilt, Fisher Simmons and Keeshawn Armstrong. Bottom row from left, Nekida Kennedy, Prince Woullard and Dajuan Armstrong.

WIGGINS -- Police said they've arrested six people in the kidnapping and armed robbery of two out-of-town men who were staying at a local hotel.

Nekida Kennedy and Prince Woullard, both 21; and Fisher Simmons, Keeshawn Armstrong, Dajuan Armstrong and Letarius Vanderbilt, all 19, were arrested.

Police responded to a 3 a.m. call Wednesday about an armed robbery in the 1100 block of East Frontage Drive and met with the men who were robbed and several witnesses, Detective Sgt. Richard Gulledge said Thursday.

The men reported were driving down a road and were approached at an intersection.

"Three masked males jumped out of the woods, brandished firearms at them and opened (the men's) car doors," Gulledge said. "They got in the vehicle and drove them to a location in the county and robbed them and left them."

Both men reported various personal items were stolen, including a debit card, which Simmons used to get cash from an ATM, Gulledge said.

Details were not available on whether the three masked men drove off in the victims' vehicles or the roles of the others.

Gulledge said some details being withheld because the investigation is ongoing.

"But I can tell you that each of the parties involved entered into an agreement to commit the robbery and each had a specific role," he said.

The six each face two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit an offense. Simmons also faces a charge of credit card fraud.

They were booked at the Stone County jail.

Bonds were set Friday afternoon at $47,000 for Simmons and $45,000 for the others. Gullege said investigators worked 1- 1/2 days with about four hours of rest to gather information leading to the arrests.

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