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11 charged in Hardeman County armed robbery spree

Staff Reports • May 7, 2018 at 4:06 PM

A joint investigation by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, Hardeman County sheriff’s deputies, Whiteville police officers, Bolivar police officers, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents resulted in the arrest of 11 suspects in connection with an armed robbery spree in Hardeman County.

On April 5, at the request of 25th District Attorney Mark Davidson, TBI agents began a joint investigation into the March 20 armed robbery of El Ranchito restaurant in Bolivar, that resulted in the killing of 19-year-old Michael Ruiz.

The investigators discovered a connection to several other armed robberies in Hardeman County from Dec. 9 through March 30.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, 11 suspects, including seven adults and four juveniles, were arrested in connection with the following armed robberies:

• Dec. 9: Ready Mart in Bolivar.

• Dec. 11: Big Lakes Grocery in Bolivar.

• Jan. 15: Dollar Tree in Bolivar.

• Feb. 24: Larry’s Quick Stop in Whiteville.

• Feb. 27: Dollar General in Toone.

• March 20: El Ranchitos in Bolivar.

• March 30: Dollar General in Hornsby.

The seven adults all received varied charges and bond amounts for their suspected involvement in the robberies, including:

• Taylor Lucas Robinson, 18, of Bolivar, was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm attempting to commit a dangerous felony, first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder and was held without bond.

• John Gray, 19, of Bolivar, was charged with especially aggravated robbery, possession of a firearm attempting to commit a dangerous felony and first-degree murder and was held without bond.

• Jamarcus Dequan Murdock, 19, of Bolivar, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm attempting to commit a dangerous felony and was held on $400,000 bond.

• Tacyvin Demetriez Douglas, 18, of Bolivar, was charged with aggravated robbery and was held on $20,000 bond.

• Brenterrius Eesean Holmes, 18, of Whiteville, was charged with aggravated assault and was held on $150,000 bond.

• Benjamin Turner, 18, of Bolivar, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm attempting to commit a dangerous felony and was held without bond.

• Jaquan Blakemore, 19, of Bolivar, was charged with aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder and was held without bond.

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