Crime

Former Biloxi High football standout accused in several crimes

Devontiae Martin turned himself in to Biloxi police Wednesday. He was wanted for several warrants.
Devontiae Martin turned himself in to Biloxi police Wednesday. He was wanted for several warrants.

A former standout running back for Biloxi High School turned himself in Wednesday on charges including kidnapping and armed robbery.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested Devoriae Martin, 21, on armed robbery, kidnapping, robbery and embezzlement charges.

Sheriff Troy Peterson said Martin’s arrest followed a February indictment presented to the grand jury by the Biloxi Police Department.

In May 2015, Martin allegedly tried to kidnap a woman in her vehicle. Police said the woman got away, but Martin ran away with some of her possessions. Biloxi police arrested him on kidnapping and robbery charges. Martin was released on a $750,000 bond. A warrant was later issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court, Lt. Chris De Back said.

In November, police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 300 block of Benachi Avenue. A man said Martin approached him with a gun and demanded money. Another man, Demontra Tucker, 18, also was identified as a suspect. Police found and arrested Tucker that night. A separate warrant was issued for Martin with no bond because he already was out on bond for the previous robbery charge.

In December, Martin was accused in the theft of money as an employee of Splash Car Wash at 1734 Pass Road. A third warrant was issued for his arrest.

Afterward, it appeared Martin had left the area, De Back said. Martin was listed on a national computer database and turned himself in Wednesday. After he was booked at the Biloxi Police Department, he was taken to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into the Harrison County jail Wednesday night. He is being held without bond pending an appearance in Harrison County Circuit Court.

Martin was a running back with Biloxi High School in 2013 and attracted interest from a handful of Division I schools.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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