Greenville man charged in Friday night robbery
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

July 3, 2005 - A Helm Lane resident suffered bruising and minor cuts after being struck by a Greenville man alleged to have driven off with another woman after robbing the victim of her money and cellular phone Friday night. Authorities tracked the man and the woman traveling with him to the Hunt-Hopkins County on State Highway 11 west, where 30-year-old Kenneth Lee Jackson was arrested at about 9:15 p.m. for second-degree felony robbery, according to Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum.

The female victim was said to have known Jackson, who approach her in the parking lot across from the Helm Lane apartment manager's office, striking her in the jaw with his hand.

"He hit her in the side of the head hard. Then he allegedly went into her car and took her money which was about $120 and her cell phone. I attempted to stop him and the female subject that was in the car he jumped in. I got in front of them and had to step back because he kept going, through the yard. Then jumped the curb by the swimming pool and kept going toward the interstate," said Tatum, who was conducting a security check at the apartment complex when the disturbance ensued and arrived as the man was fleeing in a vehicle.

Tatum, who recognized the man at the scene, advised dispatchers to alert nearby officers of the robbery and to be on the lookout for him and the woman in a blue Chevrolet Cavalier, and advised of the first three digits on the vehicle license plate.

Officers soon advised the Cavalier had been spotted on Jefferson Street, the vehicle then continued through downtown to Houston Street. Jackson and the woman were detained on State Highway 11 west at the Hopkins-Hunt County line by HCSO Cpl. Jimmy White and officers from Commerce Police Department. Lt. Antwone Young, with Sulphur Springs Police Department was also noted to be instrumental in the investigation.

White took Jackson in custody on a second-degree felony charge of robbery and was also issued a criminal trespass warning restricting him from the Helm Lane property. He remained in the county jail early Saturday morning on the charge.

A charge of evading arrest or detention is pending against the woman traveling with him, who was not arrested due to her extreme state of pregnancy. Investigators anticipate police will attain a warrant for her arrest in the near future.

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