‘This month was a very bad month for the City of Jackson’

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 3:24 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Police Department held a press conference Wednesday regarding recent arrests made by a new criminal apprehension force.

This as the Capital City becomes inundated with violent crime, with 2021 being the deadliest year in the city’s history.

At the beginning of the press conference, JPD Chief James Davis revealed that in September, JPD formed a team to address violent offenders in the city.

It’s called the Criminal Apprehension Team.

“This month was a very bad month for the City of Jackson,” Davis stated.

At the time of this article, there have been 17 homicides in Jackson during the month of December. This ties with the all-time record of homicides in a month which occurred in June of this year.

Six homicides occurred in the city last weekend alone.

The CAT (Criminal Apprehension Team) is tasked with tracking criminals who are responsible for violent crimes in the Capital City.

These crimes include murder, aggravated assaults, and car jackings.

Since the conception of the CAT unit, JPD has apprehended murder suspects that were listed in 2020 murders as well as recent murders in the city.

During a search Tuesday, Jackson police arrested 6 people, including: Tyrell Snell, 18, Yaquan Newell, 23, and Emmanuel Jaynes, 22.

Jackson police say Snell and Newell are accused of killing Lee Marvin Williams on December first. It happened on the corner of Capitol and Prentiss Streets.

Meanwhile, Jaynes is charged with capital murder for the death of Darrius Reginal. He was out on bond on the charge.

“We have made 35 felony arrests along with several misdemeanor arrests,” said Abraham Thompson, commander of major investigations.

The team has also collected over 60 guns, most being assault rifles.

“We are serious about getting these offenders off the street,” stated Chief Davis as the presser came to an end. “[...] I just want to let the public know that we are out there and we’re fighting to keep Jackson safe. But we need the help of the public also.”

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