Jemison man arrested after search to Mississippi and back

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Authorities have arrested a Jemison man wanted in connection with two store robberies here and other crimes near the Alabama-Mississippi line.

Michael Lashawn Knight, 28, of Jemison was arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday after a brief chase down County Road 57 in Autauga County.

Alabama State Troopers started the chase after a store was robbed in Posey’s Crossroads, the third convenience store robbery Knight has allegedly committed since Monday afternoon.

On Monday, a man robbed both The Shine’s Quick Stop in Lomax and the Stuckey’s convenience store at Exit 200 on Interstate 65 with a knife, according to Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

At approximately 3 p.m. Monday, a white male wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap entered Shine’s with a knife and demanded all the money in the register, Stilwell said. The suspect then left the store and fled south on U.S. 31 in a black, four-door Nissan Altima.

Several hours later, a knife-wielding suspect, also driving a black Nissan Altima, robbed Stuckey’s. A store employee was able to get a license plate tag number, Sheriff Kevin Davis said.

About the same time, a woman who lives on County Road 221 in Thorsby reported to police that her vehicle had been stolen, which matched the car used in both robberies.

Officers responded to the residence and determined that the woman, who Knight was in a relationship with, let him borrow her car to go to the store, Davis said. When he never returned with it, she called the police.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Clanton, Thorsby and Jemison spent Monday night and early Tuesday morning looking for Knight. A BOLO alert was also issued around 4 a.m. for the car, Davis said.

Officers in Choctaw County pulled the car over soon after the alert was put out. According to authorities, Knight ran into the woods around Butler as an officer checked his driver’s license.

A short time later, Choctaw E-911 received a call that someone was trying to get into a house near where the car was abandoned. Before officers could arrive, the suspect stole a GMC pick-up truck and fled, according to the Choctaw Sun-Advocate in Butler.

A deputy caught up with the vehicle near the Alabama-Mississippi line and followed it into Lauderdale County, Miss., where they lost the vehicle, according to the Sun-Advocate.

Knight was arrested more than 12 hours later after wrecking in Autauga County, still driving the pick-up that was stolen in Choctaw County, Davis said. He was taken to the Autauga County Jail.

Knight will be charged with robbery and possibly other crimes in connection to the Stuckey’s hold-up, Davis said.

Arrest warrants for second-degree robbery and third-degree theft of property from the Clanton case will be signed Wednesday morning, Stilwell said.