Cold Case Results in 18-Year Sentence for Armed Robbery

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Adrian Octancus Harvey received a sentence of 18 years to serve for the armed robbery of two O’Charley’s Restaurant employees in Ridgeland. Harvey will be required to serve the entire sentence without the possibility of parole or early release.

On July 21, 2007, two employees of the O’Charley’s Restaurant on County Line Road exited the store and were approached by an individual who pointed a gun at them and demanded the bank bag that contained the deposit for the night. When the gunman learned that neither employee had the deposits for that evening, he ordered both victims to turn over their wallets and keys. At which time he had both victims lie on the ground and he fled on foot.

The Ridgeland Police Department responded to the 911 call in reference to the armed robbery. Officers obtained statements from the victims and other witnesses who were in the store at the time of the robbery. Officers photographed the scene and also obtained a security video from a nearby store. The video obtained did not capture any images of the robbery. Ridgeland Police Department continued to investigate the case for several months, but the case was declared a cold case in November 2007 after all investigative leads had been exhausted

The Ridgeland Police Department reopened the case in early 2010 after receiving information that Adrian Harvey was the individual responsible for the O’Charley’s robbery. Ridgeland Police obtained a photograph of Harvey and compiled a photo lineup that was shown to the victims of the robbery. Both victims identified Harvey as the individual who had committed the robbery. In May, a warrant was issued and Harvey was arrested by Ridgeland PD and the United States Marshall’s Office at an apartment on Lindbergh Drive in Jackson.

Guest stated, “The Ridgeland Police Department has made our community safer by removing Harvey from our streets. Harvey believed that he had gotten away with this crime because he was able to avoid arrest for almost three years, but ultimately he was not able to escape prosecution for his actions.”

Guest concluded, “We were blessed by the fact that both victims were able to identify the defendant from a photo lineup almost three years after the crime. Because of their ability to recall the details of the robbery and the outstanding job done by the Ridgeland Police Department we were able to prosecute a violent offender years after the crime occurred. I cannot thank the Ridgeland Police Department enough for all their hard work and the fact that they never gave up on solving this crime.”