Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that following a two day trial, Juantez D. McDonald was convicted of two counts of armed robbery. McDonald failed to appear on the day of trial and was tried in his absence. McDonald has not been sentenced and he is currently a fugitive from justice.
Three other individuals who participated in the robbery entered pleas of guilty prior to McDonald’s trial and agreed to testify against McDonald. The three defendants were: Drodriquez Lamond Williams, DeWayne Eugene Mannery and Harvea L. Motallebi. Williams pled guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of felony evasion. Mannery and Motallebi pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery. All three were sentenced to 30 years in prison, with fifteen years suspended.
On May 5, 2014, the Madison Police Department responded to a 911 call in the Cypress Lake Subdivision regarding two individuals who were robbed at gunpoint in their garage. The gunmen stole an iPhone, cash and a wallet from the couple. The couple, who own King Buffett, were followed home from work after the robbers watched them leave the restaurant.
When the Madison Police Department arrived they observed a white car approaching the gate of the subdivision at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle came through the gate and officers pulled their weapons and ordered the individuals in the car to stop. The vehicle came to a stop, but before officers could remove the four suspects from the vehicle, the car sped away, almost hitting the officers.
A chase began on Highland Colony Parkway that took them through Madison, Ridgeland and Jackson neighborhoods before being called off due to the dangerous nature of the pursuit. However, officers were able to obtain a license plate number of the car and traced the vehicle to Drodriquez Williams who lived in Jackson.
Williams was later arrested and questioned by law enforcement. He admitted he was involved in the robbery and told police the names of the other three individuals that were with him. The victims were then shown a photo lineup and were able to pick the defendants out of the lineup. Police also lifted prints from William’s car which placed the defendants recently in the vehicle.
Guest stated, “Working with law enforcement, we have been able to remove three very dangerous criminals from our streets, and once McDonald is apprehended he will also call prison home. We are confident these arrests and convictions have helped break-up a ring of armed robbers who were targeting foreign nationals. These defendants are suspects in other cases similar to this one in the metro area.”
Guest concluded, “The Madison Police Department did an outstanding job in every area of this case and should be applauded for their efforts. We are blessed to have such outstanding men and women who place their lives in jeopardy to protect us from dangerous criminals like these.”
Name: Harvea Motallebi
Date of Birth: 9-6-91
Address: 3548 Ingersol, Jackson
Name: DeWayne Mannery
Date of Birth: 4-28-96
Address: 1331 Diane Drive, Jackson
Name: Juantez McDonald
Date of Birth: 7-28-96
Address: 28 Wistera Court, Jackson
Name: Drodriquez Williams
Date of Birth: 5-5-92
Address: 615 Benning Road, Jackson