MPD Personnel Receive Commendation

Meridian, Miss. Three members of the Meridian Police Department were honored Friday for their work in solving a recent rape case.

Detective Derrell Thompson, Officer Derrick Williams, and Detective Rita Jack were honored with certificates of commendation.

The police department said all three played a major role in capturing a suspect last week, only hours after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a 13-year-old girl.

"You guys did a great job and we're proud of the actions you took," said Mayor Percy Bland. "Your quick response and your collaborative efforts."

The suspect, 30-year-old Jafron Roberts, is charged with multiple felonies, including kidnapping and rape.