Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Joshua and Jeremiah Allen were sentenced on Wednesday to serve 35 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Both Jeremiah and Joshua were found guilty of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in separate trials in March.
On September 18, 2013, the Richland Police Department received a 911 call from the manager of Wendy’s stating that she had just been robbed. When officers arrived they spoke to the victim who advised that she was alone in the store when a gunman who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses approached her and demanded that she take him into the office and retrieve the money from the safe. The manager complied with the gunman’s request and gave him a bank bag that contained the night’s deposit which was approximately $1700.00. The gunman then fled the store and left in a gold Ford Focus that was parked behind the restaurant.
Police reviewed surveillance video from the restaurant and determined that the gunman entered the store after closing but before other employees had left the restaurant. The gunman then hid in the restroom until everyone except the manager exited the store. Officers became suspicious that Jeremiah Allen, one of the two employees who had left the restaurant just moments before the robbery, was involved in the crime. Jeremiah was brought to the police department for questioning and he admitted that he and had brother Joshua Allen had been involved in the robbery.
The Richland Police Department went to Joshua’s residence at the Blossom Apartments in Jackson. Joshua was not at home but officers did speak to his sister Candice Allen who told police that her brother and his girlfriend had borrowed her gold Ford Focus and they had returned it several hours after the robbery. A warrant was issued for Joshua’s arrest. Joshua learned of the warrant for his arrest and fled to Oklahoma. He was later arrested by the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and returned to Rankin County to stand trial on these charges.
Guest stated, “These two defendants believed that they had planned the perfect crime. Little did they know that one of them would be arrested within hours of the crime and the second several weeks later after he fled to Oklahoma in an attempt to avoid prosecution.”
Guest concluded, “I want to thank the Richland Police Department for all their hard work. In addition to law enforcement who worked diligently to bring the Allen brother to justice, I also want to thank the men and women of the two juries that tried these cases for their service to our community. There is no doubt based upon the acts of these two individuals and their criminal history that we will be safer with the Allen brothers behind bars.”
Both Jermaine and Joshua have prior and pending felony charges. Joshua has a prior conviction for Burglary of Dwelling from Lamar County in 2010 and has a pending felony drug offense in Greene County. Jermaine has previously been convicted of Automobile Burglary in both Forrest and Lamar County in 2010 and 2011. Jermaine also has a pending robbery in Covington County that occurred in September 2012.
Name: Jeremiah Allen
Date of Birth: February 3, 1987
Address: 150 Highway 469, Florence
Name: Joshua Frazier Allen
Date of Birth: May 20, 1988
Address: 3100 Woodbine Road, Jackson