The Tupelo Police Department (TPD) has remained busy this past week with two felony arrests and a two vehicle crash, in which one driver was killed. On Nov. 8, 2020 at approximately 10 p.m. a Tupelo patrol officer in the area of Briar Ridge and Eason Boulevard initiated a traffic stop on a 2004 Dodge Durango that had been driving in a careless manner.
The driver, Justin Darby, 29, of Plantersville, exited the Dodge and became irate with the officer ultimately striking the officer in the face as an arrest was attempted. A back up officer was also struck by Darby in the face before officers were safely able to control and handcuff Darby.
Investigation revealed a felony amount of suspected methamphetamines as well as various traffic offenses including DUI 2nd. On Nov. 10, Darby’s bond was set at $50,000 by Tupelo Municipal Court Judge Sumner for two counts of felony simple assault on police officer. Both patrol officers were cleared medically and were able to return to duty. Darby remains in the Lee County Jail.
On Oct. 8, 2020, the Tupelo Police Department was notified of an armed robbery that had occurred in the 3000 block of Beasley Drive. The adult male victim stated that three males had approached him on the street, one brandished a handgun and that he had been robbed of his cash. Initial investigation identified Rhakeim Gordon, 19, of Tupelo, as a person of interest.
On Nov. 6, Gordon was served with a felony arrest warrant for armed robbery. Gordon’s charges will be presented to the next available Lee County Grand Jury for review. Gordon remains in the Lee County Jail with a bond of $1,000,000.
On Nov. 17, 2020 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Tupelo Police Department was notified of a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Coley Road and Old Belden Circle. Each vehicle was occupied by a single adult female.
Tragically the adult female driver of one of the vehicle’s was deceased at the scene. The other driver suffered moderate injuries and was transported to NMMC for evaluation.
This collision is currently being investigated. Victim identification will come from Lee County Coroner’s Office when appropriate. Traffic was blocked for approximately one hour but is now flowing normally.
If you have additional information about any of these cases, please call the TPD at (662) 841-6491.