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Talk about being in the right place at the right time….
An on-duty state trooper who stopped by Bank Plus on U.S. 90 for personal business intervened when he realized a man was robbing the bank.
The suspect, who handed over a note demanding money and implied he had a gun, was caught by surprise when the state trooper came up behind him, said Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Johnny Poulos.
The suspect later identified himself to police as Jason Jamel Barial of Hearth Avenue in Mobile, said Ocean Springs Detective Lt. John Flowers.
The state trooper entered the bank around 3:30 p.m. and walked in a hallway to speak to a secretary, Poulos said.
“He observed a man standing at the counter and noticed the teller trying to get his attention,” said Poulos.
“The trooper thought something wasn’t right.”
The trooper came up behind the man and restrained him.
Flowers said the charge is armed robbery.
“Even though he was prevented from leaving, he committed the act,” Flowers said.
Barial was held without bond at the Ocean Springs Municipal Jail pending an initial hearing.
The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office has raised funds to purchase and train a new department K-9, thanks in large part to a major donation from the Rolling Hills Country Club.
The dog – which will replace a retiring K-9 assigned to Sgt. Greg Flowers – costs more than $12,000, officials said in a news release. The money is not covered in the department budget, so sheriff’s officials reached out to the community to stir support and collect donations.
Sheriff Marvin Heilman announced this week all of the money has been raised.
“The public and our community business partners have been great to us in the past and they have stepped up again by providing the funding for this important program,” he said in a news release. “Police dogs play an important role in serving the public and protecting our officers.”
Heilman thanked the country club in the release for donating more than $6,000 in proceeds from its Casino Night fundraiser toward the new K-9.
The police dog will be assigned to Deputy Tony Todisco.