Meridian, Miss. June 30th at 2 AM one convenience store in Russell was the scene of an armed robbery where a man entered the store in a bandana and attempted to rob it. After firing a few rounds at the clerk he escaped in a silver car according to Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.
"There was a news story at the time where a single black male walked into the business with a bandana on his face," said Calhoun. "He attempted to buy a pack of cigarettes, as the clerk opened the register he produced a handgun and said to her that he was taking the money. She slammed the register, he then made some threats and then fired his weapon twice attempting to shoot her."
About an hour down the road in Hattiesburg at a Texaco Gas Station on Hardy Street, the same man reportedly attempted to rob the clerk there at gunpoint matching the same description, bandana and all. Police made contact with the suspect at a Kangaroo Gas Station on Highway 49. It was there that Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says that the suspect lead Forrest County and Lamar County Deputies on a high speed chase before he was caught.
"Investigators became aware of this and after reviewing the evidence there and the evidence we have here, they moved forward with charging Germarkers Smith who is a 28 year old black male from Jackson. He is being charged with armed robbery with a $50,000 dollar bond and attempted murder with a $100,000 dollar bond."
Smith was arrested in the woods after he escaped his silver vehicle and fled on foot. The Hattiesburg American reports that once in custody, he gave police false information. Once fingerprinted authorities learned his real name and that he also has felon warrants out of Clinton. Calhoun says Lauderdale County will work with the other jurisdictions and the district attorney's office in prosecuting this case.