Teen arrested after robbing elderly couple in front yard of their home

16-year-old Jonas Deontae Reel of McComb was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Teen arrested after robbing elderly couple in front yard of their home
Couple robbed at gunpoint in front yard in McComb Source: James Andrews

MCCOMB, MS (WLBT) - An elderly couple in McComb was robbed in their front yard Friday evening. Police arrested a 16-year-old and charged him with two counts of armed robbery.

According to the McComb police department, officers responded to a call about an armed robbery on the 800 block of Pearl River Avenue around 6:30 p.m. last Friday.

The victims were 66-year-old Judy Andrews and 70-year-old James Andrews. They told police that a light skin black male between 16 and 18 years of age walked up behind Mrs. Judy Andrews while she was working in the garden and began talking very low.

Mrs. Andrews stated after robber repeated several times she understood him saying “give me your money“.

Couple robbed at gunpoint in front yard in McComb Source: James Andrews
Couple robbed at gunpoint in front yard in McComb Source: James Andrews

Mr. Andrews told the robber they didn’t have any money and the robber stated “give me your wallet“. Mr. Andrews handed over $20 dollars from his pocket and the robber stated “don’t move, I’ll shoot you“. The couple said the robber had one hand in the waistband of his shorts were they believed suspect may have had a weapon.

The suspect grabbed Mrs. Andrew’s purse and ran towards N. Myrtle St. where officers were able to find the purse behind a home on North Myrtle Street.

Cash and the keys were missing from the purse. According to Mr. Andrews, the teenager came back the next morning at 8:00 a.m. and tried to steal his wife’s car parked in the car port.

The suspect rammed the wife’s car into the husband’s car that was parked behind it in the car port.

According to Mr. Andrews, the suspect was able to get the wife’s car out and drove away. MHP and police chased the teenager and arrested him.

Couple robbed at gunpoint in front yard in McComb Source: James Andrews
Couple robbed at gunpoint in front yard in McComb Source: James Andrews

Victim reported after officers recovered her purse that approximately $150 in cash and keys belong to their 2014 Toyota Camry were missing.

The victims were able to positively identify Jonas Reel from a photo lineup after providing officers with a detailed description of the robber.

Saturday, 16-year-old Jonas Deontae Reel of 1200 Wilson St, McComb Ms was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. at Avenue D and Chestnut Street in McComb with the help of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway patrol.

Reel remains in the Pike County Jail and will have his preliminary hearing on September 26 for two counts of armed robbery.

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