July 10, 2009
Neal Wagner -
A Columbus man is behind bars today after he was arrested Tuesday in connection with a June 19 shooting on 18th Street North.
Officers at about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday arrested 27-year-old Hosie Pachino Erby, of 819 Waterworks Road in Columbus, after the suspect turned himself in at the Columbus Police Department office on Main Street.
"He came to the police station Tuesday morning and turned himself in," CPD Capt. Fred Shelton said. "We were investigating him in connection with the shooting, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections also had a hold out on him."
Police charged Erby with one count of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count of violation of probation. Erby had been on probation since 2006, when he was released from prison after serving a six-year term for sale of cocaine.
The assault charges came as a result of a June 19 shooting near the intersection of 18th Street North and Eighth Avenue North. During the incident, police believe Erby shot 36-year-old Pablito Doss as the two and several other men were fighting in the street.
Although Doss suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso, he was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and released Monday.
Though the incident occurred near a Juneteenth celebration being held in Sim Scott Park, police said the shooting was not related to the festival.
As of Thursday, Erby remained in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Monroe County and Nettleton law enforcement officials are searching for a pair of black male suspects involved in a Thursday morning armed robbery of an area pawn shop.
The two suspects entered The Gold Exchange pawn shop on Will Robbins Highway in Nettleton at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Nettleton Police Chief Ricky Payne.
"One of the suspects struck a store clerk over the head with what must have been a pistol, because it was a pretty good lick," Payne said Thursday afternoon. "The suspect then jumped over the counter and stole money from the cash register."
After stealing an undetermined amount of cash, the suspects fled the store before a store patron outside tackled one of the suspects and wrestled him to the ground, Payne said.
During the struggle, the suspect struck the patron with his gun before both suspects fled the scene in a charcoal gray Ford Escape with Lee County tags.
As the suspects fled, a store employee may have exchanged gunfire with the two fleeing men, Payne explained.
"The vehicle should have about two bullet holes on the side of it," Payne explained. "The best description we got of one of the suspects was that he was a black male, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 200 pounds."
No description was available for the second suspect. Although shots were fired during the incident, no gunshot wounds were reported. However, the two victims struck by the suspects were transported to the hospital, where they were treated for their wounds and released.
Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Nettleton Police Department at 662-963-1185.
The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to reports released from the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office:
The following other incidents were reported by the CPD:
A female victim told officers she had gotten a ride home from a male, and was raped while in the suspect''s vehicle. As of Thursday, no other information had been released, and the investigation had been turned over to the CPD Criminal Investigation Division.
The victim told the officer someone entered his unlocked storage room and stole his Weed Eater.
The victim told officers someone broke into her car and stole several items. Entry was gained by shattering the car''s front two windows.
The victim told officers someone entered her residence and stole an undetermined amount of money. Entry was gained through the northeast bedroom window.
The victim told officers someone broke into his storage unit by prying the lock off and stole some wheels and a tire.
Police later received two more reports of burglaries at the mini warehouse facility. However, nothing else was reported missing from the facility.