Meridian, Mississippi There are certain periods when crime spikes in Meridian and this past week was definitely one of those periods.
Meridian Police began the week by investigating three armed robberies that happened last Sunday. One where investigators say a woman was robbed and attacked after giving the suspects a ride in her car, another where a man selling watermelons was robbed, and the third when two men were robbed by a man who knocked on their door. That was only the beginning.
On Monday night, officers were called to the 3300 block of 19th Street where a man was shot three times. He was taken to a local hospital. Descriptions of the suspect varied.
On Tuesday morning, police say they were called to the Walmart on Highway 19 North where a woman's purse was snatched in the parking lot. MPD says 42-year old Clifton Pigg of Chunky is charged with two counts petite larceny.
Then on Tuesday night, authorities were called back to 19th Street. This time to the 19th Street Liquor Store where an amred robbery happened. Police described the suspect as black male, wearing a white cap, red bandana, black t-shirt, and blue jeans. The store has been robbed one other time in the past month.
Perhaps the biggest case of the week for police came on Wednesday morning when officers became involved in a chase with Saber Clayton Knott. Investigators tell Newscenter 11 he is wanted for possibly scamming people in the Meridian area. Police chased Knott down Highways 39 and 19 South until he crashed his car behind Sam's Club and fled on foot. Witnesses report seeing police firing shots at Knott's SUV before the crash. He is still on the run.
Meridian Police also responded to an armed robbery call in North Meridian late thursday night. Two victims reported being robbed at gunpoint around 11:30 on Northview Drive. Authorities tell us the victims then chased the suspects, who fled in a black Chevy Malibu. The men, only described by police as two black males, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.