A Columbus man and a Monroe County woman have been arrested in connection with a reported carjacking outside Starkville’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store on Oct. 22.
Byron Levar Perry, 24, of 1616 11th Ave., Columbus, was arrested on a charge of armed carjacking after turning himself in to Starkville Police Department detectives about 10 a.m. Tuesday. He remains jailed on a $30,000 bond as of Tuesday evening.
Brianna Colette Payne, 22, of 40008 Mt. Olive Drive, Hamilton, was charged with armed carjacking after turning herself in to SPD detectives about 10 p.m. Monday. She has been released on a $20,000 bond.
Perry and Payne are charged in connection with a carjacking incident reported about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in the parking lot at the Piggly Wiggly store on Highway 12 West.
The male victim told responding officers that a black male and black female stole his Ford Crown Victoria at gunpoint, said SPD Sgt. Chadd Garnett on Tuesday.
Within minutes of the incident, Oktibbeha County sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen car heading east on U.S. toward Columbus.
Deputies pursued the car into Lowndes County until the male suspect pulled over, got out of the car and fled on foot. He managed to elude capture, and the car was recovered, Garnett said.
SPD detectives, working with Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies and Columbus police, were able to identify Payne as the female suspect and Perry as the male suspect involved in the carjacking incident, said Garnett, who would not comment on the specific circumstances of the investigation that led them to the suspects.
Garnett did say that physical evidence linked Perry to the crime and that he did give a statement of confession. Perry also faces a charge of felony fleeing from a law enforcement officer from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department.
SPD officials expressed gratitude to both the Oktibbeha County and Lowndes County sheriff’s departments and Columbus Police Department for their assistance. The investigation into the case is ongoing.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Police Department at 323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.