Three crimes solved
by Rory Doyle
Feb 07, 2013 | 3280 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams held a press conference Wednesday to provide updates on three recent cases.

The majority of the report focused on the Winstonville Post Office robbery case on Dec. 12, 2012.

Albert Lee Holmes, 50, of Mound Bayou was indicted by a federal grand jury in Oxford for armed robbery and theft of a money order imprinter.

Holmes was arrested by the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department on a federal warrant on Jan. 28 and is being held at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.

Williams said the United States Postal Inspector recently praised the department for its support in the case.

"They commended us for doing a good job in assisting with the investigation," said Williams.

Inspectors from the United States Postal Service take over cases when robberies occur at post offices, but they also depend on help from local law enforcement.

The incident began around 2:45 p.m. when the clerk called 911 and reported the robbery.

When deputies from the sheriff's department arrived on scene, the victim provided them with a detailed report of what happened and a description of her assailant.

"The clerk stated that a black male between 5'5" and 5'9" tall and wearing a light blue sweatshirt and black pants entered the post office with a hood over his head and a bandanna covering his face," said Chief Deputy Gerald Wesley Jr., shortly after the incident. "The clerk also stated that the man pulled a knife."

The victim also said the suspect tied her up with rope and duct-taped her mouth while demanding her to lie on the floor.

"The suspect fled on foot after the robbery," said Williams. "The Cleveland Police Department K9 Unit and the Bolivar County K9 Unit tracked the scent of the suspect to an undisclosed residence in Winstonville.

"Thanks to the K9 units we were able to narrow our search down to one suspect in just two days," said Williams.

Holmes took with him a money order machine, a small amount of cash and three pre-printed money orders.

In a separate incident, an arrest was made in a child rape case of an eight-year-old female that occurred outside of Cleveland and was reported to the department on Dec. 31, 2012.

The suspect, David Herbert, fled to South Carolina before he was eventually apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in Columbia, S.C.

Herbert waived his extradition and was transported back to Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility and was charged with child molestation.

"He is being held here and he should have his initial appearance in the next couple days to determine what his bond will be," said Williams.

Finally, deputies responded to another call on Dec. 31, 2012 where a subject had been robbed at his residence outside of Boyle.

Suspect Daniel Bryant from Dallas, Texas, was visiting the victim and carrying a handgun. He fled to Texas after the robbery.

"The suspect and the victim had some form of a relationship before the crime took place," said Williams.

An arrest warrant for armed robbery was issued and the U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Bryant in Dallas.

He is still in Dallas, waiting to be extradited back to the BCRCF.

"We are in the process of getting a transportation company to bring him back here," said Williams.

The BCSD depends on federal and state agencies to help solve these types of cases as quickly as possible.

"As you know, if we don't get to the cases when they're hot — the longer we wait the colder they become," said Williams. "Obviously we don't want cold cases."

Williams thanked his investigators for a job well done and said he's appreciative of the support he's receiving from the different law enforcement agencies.