Jury Convicts Man of Robbery and Witness Tampering

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that following a two day trial Trevioun Lamont Briggs aka T.L. Briggs was found guilty of robbery and witness tampering. Briggs is set to be sentenced in September.

On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the victim and her two year old child went to Northpark mall to shop for Christmas presents. The victim stayed at the mall for several hours and purchased over $400.00 in presents for family and friends. The victim and her child exited the mall into the parking lot at around 8:45 p.m. As the victim approached her vehicle she was struck from behind causing her child to be knocked to the ground and her bags were stolen.

Ridgeland Police officers responded to the scene and determined that both mother and child were not seriously injured. The victim told police that she did not see her attacker until after she had been struck. The victim was able to give a general description of her attacker and of the items taken from her. The victim was able to tell police that the person who robbed her was wearing a bright reddish hooded sweatshirt. Officers went to J.C. Penny’s and the store reprinted a copy of the receipt of the items purchased so that the police would have a more detailed description of the stolen items.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., the Ridgeland Police Department received a call from the loss prevention officer at J.C. Penney’s who reported that Briggs was in the store attempting to return the stolen items. Store employees were able to stall Briggs and he was arrested in the parking lot of the mall. Police searched Briggs’ vehicle and located a toy car that had been stolen from the victim. Also located in Brigg’s car was a bright orange hooded sweatshirt.

On Monday, December 16, Briggs was interviewed by Detective Don Martin as to how he came to be in possession of the stolen items. Briggs denied stealing the items and said that the items in question had been given to him. When Detective Martin tried to get detailed information from Briggs as to the events of the night, Briggs gave several different stories that conflicted with each other and with the facts of the case.

Detective Martin then went to Northpark Mall to review mall security video. The surveillance video did not capture the assault in the parking lot, but it did show Briggs entering the mall at 9:20. When Briggs entered the mall he went to three stores in the mall that the victim had purchased items and he returned the stolen merchandise for a cash refund. The surveillance video also showed Briggs entering J.C. Penney’s where he attempted to return the last of the stolen property.

The Ridgeland Police Department also obtained calls made by the victim to his girlfriend while he was in the Madison County Jail. Those calls recorded Briggs asking his girlfriend on at least three occasions to provide him an alibi for the time of the robbery.

Guest stated, “Briggs is an individual who cares about no one other than himself. To assault a mother and knock her child from her arms and then take the presents that she had purchased for Christmas is a despicable act. Briggs then returned to the mall within 30 minutes of the robbery and began returning the very presents he had stolen. Briggs is a real life version of the Grinch.”

Guest added, “The Ridgeland Police Department worked hard to gather all of the evidence the jury needed to return verdicts of guilty. Because of their work, along with the assistance of the loss prevention department at J.C. Penny’s, another dangerous individual will now spend many years behind bars for his crime.”

Briggs has a prior from non-adjudication in Hinds County on a charge of credit card fraud. Briggs was on probation for that charge at the time of the robbery.

Defendants:
Name: Trevioun Lamont Briggs aka T.L. Briggs
Date of Birth: August 8, 1991
Address: 1160 McLean Street, Jackson, MS