Police round up suspects

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 4, 2008


Police have put together a matrix of suspects, tying four charged in the Sonic robbery to 10 crimes committed in Selma since September 2007.

Acting police chief Jimmy Martin thanked Detectives Jeff Hardy and Frederick Walker for their recent string of arrests, including five suspects apprehended accounting for three robberies, a burglary and one charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling.

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One of the four suspects, Jeffery Ervin, arrested in the alleged Sonic Drive-In robbery has been linked to an October 2007 shooting into a residence in the 2300 block of Hardy Street. Ervin, 20, was apprehended as the fourth suspect and an alleged gunman in the Sonic holdup.

Police also say Ervin is a person of interest in the October 2007 Hardy Street shooting where a woman was watching TV and a bullet shattered the screen.

Another of the four Sonic suspects, Crealist Deshawn Reynolds, 18, police said, is a person of interest in the Sept. 17, 2007, armed robbery of Murphy Oil in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Reynolds, Ervin and Justin Charles Malone, 17, charged as an adult in the Sonic heist, are suspects in the Sept. 19, 2007, burglary of a home in the 400 block of King Street, police said.

Police still have a number of unsolved robberies, including the New Year&8217;s Day armed robbery of the Ramada on Highland Avenue.