Five Defendants charged in Sand Dollar Armed Robbery and Kidnapping Sentenced

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 6, 2013
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that the five defendants who participated in the November 2011 armed robbery of the Sand Dollar Lifestyle store in Ridgeland were sentenced earlier this week.

Antonio Wallace received a 34-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Conspiracy to commit Robery. Demarcus Timmons received a 32-year sentenced after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery and Kidnapping. Reginald Wallace received a 30-year sentence after he entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery and Kidnapping. Kimberly Gates received a sentence of 20-years after she entered a plea of guilty to Robbery and Kidnapping; the last 10 years of her sentence was suspended. The final defendant, Kenisa Rush Gates, received a sentence of 20-years after she entered a plea of guilty to Armed Robbery; the last 13 years of her sentence was suspended.

In November of 2011, the Ridgeland Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding the armed robbery of an employee of Sand Dollar Lifestyle, which is located in the Renaissance shopping center. Officers interviewed the victim, who stated that she was leaving the store to take a deposit to the bank, when she was approached by a black male gunman wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The victim stated that she was forced at gunpoint to drive the gunman to the Embassy Suite Hotel. At the hotel, the gunman then took the victim’s keys, the bank deposit that contained over $7,600 in cash, and fled on foot.

On December 9, Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that identified DeMarcus Timmons as the gunman in the case. A criminal background check of Timmons showed previous arrests from Hinds County for car-jacking and armed robbery. Ridgeland Police obtained a booking photograph and presented a lineup to the victim, who positively identified Timmons as the man who had kidnapped and robbed her. A warrant was then issued for Timmons arrest and he was placed on NCIC as a wanted fugitive.

On December 14, the United States Marshall’s fugitive task force received information that Timmons was staying at an apartment complex in Jackson. Members of the task force, along with officers from Ridgeland PD and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, began a search of the complex and located Timmons hiding in a bedroom closet. A search of the apartment uncovered the gray hooded sweatshirt worn by the gunman in the robbery.

Timmons was transported to the Ridgeland Police Department where he denied any involvement in the robbery. The following day, detectives obtained a search warrant to search Timmons’ cellphone. During the search, officers located numerous text messages regarding the planning of the robbery. The messages enabled police to obtain arrest warrants for the remaining suspects in the case.

In addition to the sweatshirt previously recovered, police also recovered the gun used in the armed robbery. The gun was located at the house where Antonio and Reginald Wallace were living at the time of their arrest. Also arrested were Kenisa Rush and Kimberly Gates; who admitted to law enforcement to being involved in the robbery. Rush later testified against Antonio Wallace at his trial.

Guest stated, “The citizens of Madison and Hinds County should be extremely proud of the work of the Ridgeland Police Department. Their investigation resulted in the arrest and prosecution of five people who were involved in a plot that led to an innocent victim being kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint. This case shows that if someone chooses to commit a violent offense in Madison County, law enforcement will not rest until they are hunted down and brought to justice.”

Guest concluded, “We see news accounts every day of people who have been the victims of crime and we, at times, may feel that criminal activity goes unpunished. I truly believe that these convictions and sentences will help to send the message to criminals that we will not tolerate crime in our communities.”

Name: Demarcus V. Timmons
Date of Birth: 11/25/88
Address: 701 Pecan Court, Brandon